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International Judo Federation suspends Vladimir Putin, its honorary president

The International Judo Federation (IJF) announced on Sunday that it has suspended the Russian president Vladimir Poutinewho is also honorary president of the IJF, with regard to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

Putin, black belt, is a fan of judo and there are many links between this martial art and Russia. Indeed, the president of the IJF, the Romanian Marius Vizeris considered close to Putin while the European association (EJU) is led by Sergey Soloveychikanother Russian, and has many Russian sponsors.

The Kazan Grand Slam, scheduled for May 20-22 in the Russian city, was canceled by the IJF on Friday. “We are saddened by the current situation, which is the result of a lack of dialogue at the international level“, wrote the international federation in a press release.The judo family hopes for a quick resolution of the conflict, a return to normalcy and stability in Eastern Europe and the rest of the world.

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