Onyxnewsng reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin has been suspended as the honourary president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), the Sports governing body announced on Sunday owing to his invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s invasion by land, air, and sea on Thursday followed a declaration of war by Putin.
A judo blackbelt, the 69-year –old is a keen practitioner of the discipline and has co-authored a book titled-‘’ Judo: History, Theory, Practice’’.
‘’ In the light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announces the suspension of Mr. Vladimir Putin’s status as Honourary President and Ambassador of the International Judo Federation, ‘’the IJF said in a statement.
The IJF on Friday said it had canceled a May 20-22 event in Russia.
‘’The international Judo Federation announces with regret the cancellation of the 2022 Grand slam in Kezan, Russia.’’ IJF President Marius Vizer , said.