Putin Hurt in Judo Fight: Belarus President
Russian prez twisted spine after 'throwing guy'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 27, 2012 11:44 AM CST
Vladimir Putin meets with Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

(Newser) – Maybe it wasn't the bird flight after all. The latest intel on Vladimir Putin's health is that he was injured in a judo match. Of course, it's not that he lost; rather, "he lifted a guy, threw him, and twisted his spine," says Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko, who is apparently in the know because the macho Russian leader had to postpone a hockey game. "He tells me: 'We are not prepared yet to take on your team.' He has damaged his spine," Lukashenko tells Reuters. Putin will travel again next month, Kremlin insiders say.