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Vladimir Putin stripped of honorary Taekwondo black belt amid Ukraine invasion


As Russia-Ukraine war rages on, Moscow’s forces under orders from Vladimir Putin, are shelling Kharkiv, killing 11 civilians.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been stripped of his honorary black belt in Taekwondo for launching an attack on Ukraine. World Taekwondo made the announcement on Twitter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin falls during judo trainings at Yug Sport complex in Sochi, Russia, February 14, 2019. Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

“World Taekwondo strongly condemns the brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine, which go against the World Taekwondo vision of “Peace is More Precious than Triumph” and the World Taekwondo values of respect and tolerance,” the sport’s governing body said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“In this regard, World Taekwondo has decided to withdraw the honorary 9th dan black belt conferred to Mr. Vladimir Putin in November 2013,” it added.

World Taekwondo has announced that it will no longer organize or recognize Taekwondo events in Russia and Belarus, further tightening sanctions.

Social media users and those who participate in the sport applauded World Taekwondo’s announcement.

“Thank you. I was deeply concerned as a practitioner,” a Twitter user Lesley Carhart posted.

“Thank you for that strong statement. The world of Taekwondo appreciates your leadership in this,” said another.

This comes after football organisations FIFA and UEFA said they have suspended Russian national team and clubs from competitions.

“FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” both the bodies said in a joint statement.

The statement further said that both the football’s governing bodies are “in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine”.

The Russian Football Union denounced the suspension, saying the move was “discriminatory”.

UEFA had last week stripped the Russian city of Saint Petersburg of this season’s Champions League final, moving the game on May 28 to Paris.

Russian forces, meanwhile, continued shelling Ukraine’s second city Kharkiv, killing at least 11 civilians. Governor Oleg Sinegubov accused Moscow of targeting residential areas.

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