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Ukraine to boycott World Judo Championships over Russian athletes

Ukraine to boycott World Judo Championships over Russian athletes
Ukrainian judokas is not going to participate on this month’s World Judo Championships in Qatar following the Worldwide Judo Federation’s (IJF) choice to readmit Russians and Belarusians as neutrals, the Ukrainian Judo Federation (UJF) has stated.

The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) final month beneficial that athletes from the 2 international locations be allowed to return to worldwide competitors as neutrals.

The IJF final week introduced that it could permit judokas from Russia and Belarus to take part within the Might 7-14 championships, saying its choice would permit Russians and Belarusians to take part in qualifying for the 2024 Olympic Video games in Paris.

The IOC’s suggestions exclude athletes who assist the conflict or are contracted to army or nationwide safety companies. The IJF has stated it has enlisted an unbiased firm to carry out background checks and determine any such athletes.

Nonetheless, the Ukrainian federation (UJF) alleged that quite a lot of Russian judokas registered for the championships are “energetic servicemen”.

“We don’t see right here neutrality, equal situations and a ‘bridge to peace’, as acknowledged within the IJF Decision on the participation of Russian and Belarusian groups within the World Championships in Doha,” the UJF stated.

“We see right here a choice that contradicts the newest suggestions of the Worldwide Olympic Committee … We’re disillusioned with the choice of the Worldwide Judo Federation. Due to this fact, we’ve determined to not take part within the World Championships in Doha.”

The federation stated greater than 250 Ukrainian athletes – together with judokas – have given their lives defending the nation towards a Russian military “nonetheless waging a brutal full-scale conflict on our territory, shelling Ukrainian cities, civilian houses day by day, killing civilians and youngsters”.