International Judo Federation Strips Titles From Vladimir Putin as Sporting Boycott of Russia Continues

International Judo Federation Strips Titles From Vladimir Putin as Sporting Boycott of Russia Continues

Keba Mothoagae
  • The International Judo Federation has become the latest sports organisation to shun Russia and its president Vladimir Putin
  • Having already suspended his honorary presidency of the federation for authorising military action in Ukraine, it has now removed all titles bestowed upon Putin
  • Putin is a renowned judoka fan, having co-authored a book called "Judo: History, Theory, Practice"

The International Judo Federation has revoked the titles it once bestowed on Russian president Vladimir Putin and a trusted Kremlin-affiliated oligarch Arkady Rotenberg. Several sports organisations have made the country persona non grata in recent days in something of a sporting boycott.

The federation's announcement comes as Russia's attack on Ukraine has killed hundreds of civilians and driven more than 1.5 million to flee into neighbouring nations.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin fights with judoka Beslan Mudranov during judo training at Yug Sport complex in Sochi, Russia, in 2019. Image source: Getty Images
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According to CBS News, the body said in a statement:

"The International Judo Federation announces that Mr. Vladimir Putin and Mr. Arkady Rotenberg have been removed from all positions held in the International Judo Federation," the Budapest-based governing body said in a statement late Sunday.

Putin's honorary presidency of the IJF was suspended last week with the organisation citing "the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine."

Putin is a renowned judoka fan, having co-authored a book called "Judo: History, Theory, Practice". He was also in attendance during the finals of the event at the 2012 London Olympics, and has been seen partaking in several show events of the sport back home in his country.

Rotenberg knows Putin from the city of St. Petersburg where they grew up as friends, and was appointed as the development manager on the IJF's executive committee.

Putin has been in a losing streak with martial arts organisations, after World Taekwando stripped him of his honorary black belt.

World Taekwondo, the international governing body of the sport, said that Russia's attack on Ukraine goes against the group's vision of "Peace is more precious than triumph," as well as the values of respect and tolerance.

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