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‘Peace is more precious’ World Taekwondo withdraws Putin’s honorary black belt

Out of the club.

As the Ukraine-Russia conflict rages on, many countries and organisations have imposed sanctions on Russia for invading its eastern neighbour.

On Monday (Feb 28), the World Taekwondo Federation announced its decision to strip Russian president Vladimir Putin of his honorary black which was conferred to him in 2013.

Putin taekwondo black belt
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In a press release, the federation condemned the brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine, adding that such actions go against its vision of “Peace is more precious than triumph.”

[Such actions] also goes against the World Taekwondo values of respect and tolerance.

Putin in taekwondo
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Banned from organising role

World Taekwondo also announced that Russia and Belarus would be banned from organising future Taekwondo events as well.

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In solidarity with the International Olympic Committee, no Russian or Belarusian national flags or anthems will be displayed or played at World Taekwondo events.

“World Taekwondo and the European Taekwondo Union will not organise or recognise Taekwondo events in Russia and Belarus.”

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Editor: Sarah Yeoh