December 2, 2022

The World Judo Federation has got rid of the titles and jobs Vladimir Putin and a long-time Kremlin-supporting oligarch held on the group. The announcement comes as Russia’s assault on Ukraine has killed masses of civilians and pushed greater than 1.5 million to escape into neighboring international locations.

“The World Judo Federation declares that Mr. Vladimir Putin and Mr. Arkady Rotenberg were got rid of from all positions held within the World Judo Federation,” the Budapest-based governing frame stated in a observation past due Sunday.

Putin’s honorary presidency of the IJF used to be suspended closing week with the group mentioning “the continued warfare war in Ukraine.”

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On this pool picture taken on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, proper, attends a coaching consultation with the Russian nationwide judo group on the Yug-Game Coaching Middle in Sochi, Russia.

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The Russian president is an avid judoka and attended the game on the 2012 London Olympics. The 69-year-old is a judo black belt and co-authored a e-book titled “Judo: Historical past, Principle, Observe.”

Rotenberg is a long-time buddy of Putin from their house town of St. Petersburg and used to be a member of the IJF government committee as “building supervisor.” 

The transfer comes per week after International Taekwondo stripped Putin of his honorary black belt.

International Taekwondo, the global governing frame of the game, stated that Russia’s assault on Ukraine is going towards the crowd’s imaginative and prescient of “Peace is extra treasured than triumph,” in addition to the values of appreciate and tolerance. 

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