International Judo Federation Cancels Russia Event, Suspends Putin

Putin Judo

In this pool photo taken on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, attends a training session with the Russian national judo team

In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the International Judo Federation first canceled a major tournament scheduled to take place in Russia and has now suspended it's honorary president, Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In an announcement on their website Friday, the IJF said they regretted to cancel the Grand Slam event scheduled to start on May 20 in the city of Kazan.

While the International Olympic Committee condemned the invasion and urged it's member bodies to cancel events in Russia and its ally Belarus, there seemed to be questions about IJF president Marius L. Vizer's somewhat tepid response in calling the unprovoked attack on Ukraine "the result of inefficient dialogue at international level." But in a very brief announcement on Sunday, Vizer, often mentioned as a friend of Putin's, said the Russian president would be suspended from his roles with the IJF.

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