Following the occupation of Ukraine by the International Taekwondo Federation, the International Taekwondo Federation removed the black belt of Russian President Vladimir Putin with the latest approval of the international sport.
The International Taekwondo Federation cited the game’s slogan, “Peace is more important than victory” and condemned Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, saying “barbaric attacks on innocent lives” violate the values of the game associated with respect and tolerance.
“In this regard, the International Taekwondo Federation has decided to withdraw the black belt awarded to Mr. Vladimir Putin in November 2013,” the International Taekwondo Federation said in a statement.
The federation added that it would follow in the footsteps of the International Olympic Committee and prevent the hoisting of the Russian flag or the playing of the national anthem at competitions.
On Sunday, the International Judo Federation announced the suspension of its honorary president, Putin, “in light of the continuing military conflict in Ukraine.”
Several sports organizations, including the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) and the European Union for Sports (UEFA), have announced that they will suspend Russian teams and clubs from participating in various competitions.
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