Russian President Vladimir Putin's love for sports is no secret. He has also been known to suit up to play judo whenever he gets free time. In the past, Putin with Japanese President Shinzo Abe had also taken time away from the Eastern Economic Forum to enjoy a shared passion -- judo. And now, a video of Putin showing off his ice hockey skills is going viral on social media.
The 66-year-old leader, who appeared fine after the tumble, had taken the ice on Friday night in what has become an annual tradition. He played on the Legends team alongside Russian hockey stars such as Hall of Famers Slava Fetisov and Pavel Bure.
As per reports, Putin fired in eight goals during the match, while the official Kremlin release indicates he scored 10 times in a 14-7 victory. His teammate, defense minister Sergei Shoigu, added three goals by all accounts.
Playing at center forward in his traditional No.11 shirt, Putin was provided with plenty of scoring opportunities by his linemates and was met with little resistance by the opposing team’s defense.
Earlier, the Russian president who is known for his love of physical activities was seen at a judo training centre in Sochi, Russia, training with Olympic medalists. Putin who is a judo enthusiast and holds a black-belt in martial art has called it his “favourite sport.” He reportedly practices it whenever he can and has been photographed over the years dropping national champions on the mat with ease.
This time too it seemed that he would reign supreme as he pushed Russian male judo champions to the mat time and time again. Olympic bronze champion Ivan Nifontov was felled four times on the floor by Vladimir Putin and the 66-year old did not seem to give an inch to his younger opponents.
However, Vladimir Putin suffered an injury while sparring with Russian Judo athlete Natalia Kuzyutina.