Ukraine does not want to cross Russia

— Posted on June 27, 2022


Unease in the world of judo. Ukraine has decided not to participate in international competitions until Russian athletes are excluded. Since the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian army last February, Russian judokas had stayed away from competitions. But they were more than twenty to go last weekend to the Mongolia tournament, one of the Grand Slams of the world circuit. The International Judo Federation (IJF) is indeed one of the rare bodies of the Olympic movement not to have followed the IOC’s recommendation to the letter. Of course, the Russians are not allowed to participate in international competitions under their colors and their flag, but they can do so under cover of neutrality. “Anyone who even remotely follows world sport understands that Russian athletes are a key part of this country’s aggressive propaganda policy.wrote the president of the Ukrainian Judo Federation, Mykhailo Koshliak, in an open letter to the address of the IJF. Speaking about Russia and sports, it is in no way possible to say that sports are outside of politics.” According to Mykhailo Koshliak, no less than 11 of the 24 Russian judokas entered in the Mongolia tournament, the first stage of the qualification process for the 2024 Paris Games, are “active representatives of the Russian Armed Forces” and wear military medals and ranks. At the top of the list, Madina Taimazova (photo above), bronze medalist at the Tokyo Games. She is a warrant officer in the Russian army. Embarrassed at the corners, the IJF defended its position in a press release in which its director general, Vlad Marinescu, speaks. “The International Judo Federation is against war, against all forms of violence, as well as against hatred and discriminationassures the body chaired by Marius Vizer. Sport is not politics, sport is a bridge between different cultures. Our values ​​are the values ​​of sport, where there is no room for politics.”

English versionUkraine does not want to cross paths with Russia

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