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Vladimir Putin was deprived of his honorary taekwondo black belt due to the invasion of Ukraine

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            Russian President Vladimir Putin’s honorary taekwondo black belt has been revoked as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In 2013 the honorary belt has been awarded to Vladimir Putin on November.

World Taekwondo, the worldwide governing body of taekwondo, confirmed the decision in an official statement, saying it strongly condemns the “brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine” and hopes for a quick conclusion to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

In Russia and Belarus, the federation has chosen not to organise or recognise Taekwondo competitions. Furthermore, the Russian and Belarussian flags and anthems will not be displayed or played during World Taekwondo tournaments, according to the organisation.

“World Taekwondo firmly condemns the savage attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine, which contradict the World Taekwondo vision of ‘Peace is More Precious Than Triumph’ and the World Taekwondo principles of respect and tolerance,” stated an official statement.

The executive board of the International Olympic Committee suggested on Monday that international sports federations exclude Russian and Belarussian athletes and officials from participation in tournaments.

On February 24, Russia invaded Ukraine and launched airstrikes across the nation. While Ukrainian military defended their country against Russian troops, Western nations imposed a barrage of economic penalties on Russia in reaction to its invasion of Ukraine.

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