Russian President Vladimir Putin has been suspended as Honorary President of the International Judo Federation (IJF).
International Judo Federation suspends Vladimir Putin as honorary president (Reuters Photo)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been suspended as honorary president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), the sport’s governing body announced on Sunday following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“In light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announces the suspension of Mr. Vladimir Putin’s status as Honorary President and Ambassador of the International Judo Federation,” the IFJ said in a statement.
Russia’s land, air and sea attack on Thursday followed a declaration of war by Putin.
The 69-year-old, a judo black belt, is an avid practitioner of the discipline and co-author of a book titled Judo: History, Theory, Practice.
The IJF also said Friday it had canceled a May 20-22 event in Russia.
“The International Judo Federation regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2022 Grand Slam in Kazan, Russia,” said IJF President Marius Vizer.