International Judo Federation suspends Putin as honorary president
Why it matters: Putin is a judo black belt and a keen fan of the sport, having authored a book about the sport and starred in an instructional video, per the Washington Post.
- Other international sports organizations have taken steps in recent days to pull out of events in Russia.
State of play: The International Judo Federation said it had made its decision "in light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine."
- The development comes two days after the federation's announcement Friday that it was cancelling its Grand Slam event in Kazan, Russia, that was set to take place in May.
The big picture: On Friday, soccer federations from Poland, the Czech Republic and Sweden announced that they would not participate in World Cup qualifier matches set to take place in Russia in March.