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World judo body suspends Putin as its honorary president over Ukraine invasion

World judo body suspends Putin as its honorary president over Ukraine invasion

The International Judo Federation cited "the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine" for suspending Putin's honorary president status.

The Russian president is a keen judoka and attended the sport at the 2012 London Olympics. The Russian president is a keen judoka and attended the sport at the 2012 London Olympics.

Vladimir Putin temporarily lost his most senior official position in world sports on Sunday.

The International Judo Federation cited "the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine" for suspending Putin's honorary president status.

The Russian president is a keen judoka and attended the sport at the 2012 London Olympics.

The IJF is rare among Olympic sports bodies for using the word "war" to describe Russia's invasion of Ukraine ordered by Putin on Thursday. Others have used phrases such as "escalation of conflict."

A Kremlin-supporting oligarch and longtime friend of Putin, Arkady Rotenberg, remains on the IJF executive committee as "development manager."

Also read: The Russian president is a keen judoka and attended the sport at the 2012 London Olympics.

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Published on: Feb 27, 2022, 6:46 PM IST
Posted by: Mohammad Haaris Beg, Feb 27, 2022, 6:42 PM IST