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Eight outcasts. Russian judoists divided into good and bad

The International Judo Federation (IJF) solemnly allowed Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in the 2023 World Cup, but at the same time found eight who did not pass the loyalty criteria. They were convicted of supporting Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, but they did not explain what and how this manifested itself.
Allowed, but not all Judo was one of the few sports where Russian athletes had reason to hope to participate in international tournaments. When the IJF announced that our athletes would be able to compete at the upcoming World Championships in Doha, it was, of course, pleasant, but not sensational. Only in this story was embarrassed by one point. The IJF announced on its official website that it had hired an independent company that would check potential competitors for compliance with the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on their position regarding the special operation in Ukraine.

The results of the check became known a few days later. The organization conducted a study of the places of work of athletes and their pages on social networks. The main task was to find out whether they support the NWO in Ukraine or not.

“Only athletes working in the Center for Sports Training of Russian National Teams and athletes in respect of whom no information was found suggesting support for the situation in Ukraine were allowed to participate in the 2023 World Judo Championship and in the competitions of the International Judo Federation. After careful scrutiny of biographical data, eight members of the delegation were denied participation in the World Championships. The decision was made in accordance with the rules, policies and principles of fair play of the IJF,” the message says.

Judo sets a dangerous precedent did not explain what they were guided by, removing athletes from international competitions. After all, this can create a precedent for all other Russians from other sports. In fact, the IJF began to put into practice the recommendations of the IOC, which on March 28 issued the criteria for the admission of our athletes to international starts.

But it is already known that about 20 Russians have been admitted to the world judo championship, which will be held in Doha from May 7 to 14. Among them, for example, world champion Iago Abuladze, Olympic medalists Niyaz Ilyasov, Tamerlan Bashaev and Madina Taimazova. The decision of the IJF to admit the Russians led to a boycott by the Judo Federation of Ukraine.

“We do not see here the neutrality, equal conditions and “bridge to peace”, which are mentioned in the IJF resolution regarding the participation of Russian and Belarusian teams in the World Championship in Doha. Moreover, we see here a decision that is contrary to the latest recommendations of the International Olympic Committee of March 28, 2023, where the IOC says that the status of neutral athletes can only be granted to athletes who are not military personnel. We are disappointed with the decision of the International Judo Federation. Therefore, we decided to refuse to participate in the World Championships in Doha,” the organization said in a statement.

The story of judo can become a prototype of what we will see in many sports on the eve of the Paris Olympics. Actually, the boycott of the Ukrainian side has been ignored at the moment, and Russian and Belarusian judokas are on the list of participants in the world championship. Another thing is that our guys were divided into good and bad, without explaining anything at all. And this threatens with even greater problems, so it will be extremely interesting to hear the reaction from the Russian Judo Federation and its position on this issue.


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