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Updated March 1st, 2022 at 10:39 IST

Vladimir Putin loses honorary black belt by World Taekwondo amid Russia-Ukraine war

The World Taekwondo in its statement said that it has decided to withdraw the honorary 9th dan black belt given to Vladmir Putin back in 2013

Reported by: Suraj Alva
Edited by: Suraj Alva
Vladimir Putin loses Taekwondo Black Belt
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The World Taekwondo on Tuesday withdrew the black belt which was conferred to Russian president Vladimir Putin in November 2013. The decision came following Russia Ukraine war which started last Thursday. The Russia-Ukraine war has lasted for 6 days now with Russian troops launching a vacuum bomb on Monday as it tried to move into Kyiv.

Russia Ukraine war: World Taekwondo takes away black belt from Vladimir Putin 

The statement released by World Taekwondo says that it strongly condemns the brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine. It said that attacks goes against the vision of World Taekwondo and it's values of respect and tolerance. The body in its statement said that it has decided to withdraw the honorary 9th dan black belt given to Vladmir Putin and thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and we hope for a peaceful and immediate end to this war.

The statement further said, "In solidarity with the International Olympic Committee, no Russian or Belarusian national flags or anthems will be displayed or played at World Taekwondo events. World Taekwondo and the European Taekwondo Union will not organise or recognise Taekwondo events in Russia and Belarus".

Vladimir Putin Loses Honorary Status Of International Judo Federation

Before losing the Taekwondo black belt, Vladimir Putin status as 'Honorary President and Ambassador'  was suspended by International Judo Federation (IJF).  Putin, who is known for his incredible judo skills and has a black belt to his name, was awarded the honorary status by the IJF back in 2008. 

The International Judo Federation in it's statement said, "In light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announces the suspension of Mr. Vladimir Putin’s status as Honorary President and Ambassador of the International Judo Federation,"

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Published March 1st, 2022 at 10:39 IST

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