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Taekwondo, judo bodies strip Vladimir Putin of black belt, honorary posts

  • The governing bodies of judo and taekwondo have stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of his honorary titles in response to the country’s recent attacks on Ukraine.
  • The International Judo Federation, which is based in Budapest, suspended Putin’s status as its honorary president and ambassador “in light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine.”
  • Meanwhile, World Taekwondo, which is based in Seoul, withdrew Putin’s black belt, saying it “strongly condemns the brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine.”
  • Over 400 civilians have been killed in Ukraine, according to government data published on Monday.

Two global martial arts organizations stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of honorary titles over the weekend in response to his ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

The International Judo Federation (IJF), which governs the Japanese-originated sport, suspended Putin’s status as honorary president and ambassador in a short statement on Saturday.

Mongolia’s New President Is a Badass Judo Expert and Olympic Gold-Winning Coach

Judoka Battulga Mongolia

Maybe Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a chance at the Oval Office after all.

On July 7th, Mongolians elected their new president, Khaltmaa Battulga, after the most divisive election in the country’s history, according to the Washington Post. Battulga has previously served as a member of parliament since 2004, being re-elected in 2008 and 2012. He is also a world champion in Sambo and is responsible for leading Mongolia to its first ever gold medal win in Judo in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Egyptian Athlete Refuses to Shake His Israeli Opponent’s Hand After Getting Beaten

In perhaps the most jarring example of poor sportsmanship at the Rio Olympics, Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby refused to shake hands or bow to his opponent after his first round loss to Israeli judoka Or Sasson.

In the Japanese martial art of Judo, it is considered a sign of respect to bow to our opponent before and after the match. When El Shehaby lost by default after being thrown twice, he can be seen backing off when Sasson approaches to shake his hand. El Shehaby walks off but is then called back to the floor to give the required bow as the crowd boos.