Ukrainian judoists boycott all IJF competitions because of the admission of Russians
Judo Federation of Ukraine (FDU) decided to boycott all international competitions. This was reported on the website of the organization.
The FDU wrote an open letter to the International Judo Federation (IJF), in which it criticized the organization’s decision to allow Russians and Belarusians to the Grand Slam tournament in Mongolia in a neutral status. The Ukrainian side also separately noted the fact that some Russian judoists are active soldiers, ensigns and officers of the armed forces.
Competitions in Mongolia will be held from 24 to 26 June. The competition is one of the qualifying tournaments for the Olympic Games.
In March, the International Judo Federation (IJF) allowed Russian athletes to take part in international tournaments in a neutral status. The national team initially refused to compete abroad, explaining this decision by significantly complicating access to most countries and ensuring the safety of Russian athletes. At the same time, the team went to Ulaanbaatar.