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Putin Just Lost His Biggest Position in Sports World

International Judo Federation strips the Russian leader of his honorary presidency

(Newser) - He was once hailed as the sport's "perfect ambassador." Now, however, Vladimir Putin has become at least a temporary pariah in his beloved world of judo. "In light of the ongoing war conflict in Ukraine, the International Judo Federation announces the suspension of Mr. Vladimir Putin'...

Olympian Refuses to Face Israeli Opponent

Fethi Nourine bowed out rather than face Tohar Butbu

(Newser) - An Algerian athlete is being sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after refusing to face an Israeli opponent. Fethi Nourine bowed out of men's judo 73K division late Thursday and told Algerian television that his support for the Palestinian people precludes him from facing Tohar Butbul. Per Reuters , Nourine...

Repeated Slams in Judo Class Kill 7-Year-Old Boy

Taiwanese boy had been on life support since April

(Newser) - A 7-year-old Taiwanese boy has died after being repeatedly slammed by his coach and others at a judo class. It's a case seeing wide media pick-up around the world : The boy, identified only by his surname, Huang, was taken off life support on Tuesday night after being in a...

Switzerland to Sex Workers: You'll Need to Social Distance

Nation gives OK to prostitutes but still prohibits judo, boxing, wrestling, ballroom dancing

(Newser) - If you're a sex worker in Switzerland, you'll soon be back in business. If you're a judo, ballroom dancing, or boxing aficionado, you're going to have to wait a little longer. Bloomberg reports that the country's legal prostitution industry will be permitted to reopen on...

US Olympic Judo Hopeful Dies at 24
US Olympic
Judo Hopeful
Dies at 24

US Olympic Judo Hopeful Dies at 24

Cause of Jack Hatton's death was not announced

(Newser) - Jack Hatton, a member of the US judo team who was competing for a spot on the 2020 Olympic team, has died at 24. "Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and he will not be forgotten," a statement by USA...

Egyptian Athlete Won't Shake Hands With Israeli Competitor
Handshake Refusal Brings
Mideast Tensions to Rio

Handshake Refusal Brings Mideast Tensions to Rio

Egyptian athlete refuses to shake hands with Israeli athlete

(Newser) - Tensions in the Middle East appear to have spilled over into the Rio Olympics, as an Egyptian athlete refused to shake hands with an Israeli athlete following a judo match Friday, Reuters reports. After winning the match, Israel's Or Sasson bowed to Egypt's Islam El Shehaby and went...

Aussie PM Threatens to 'Shirtfront' Putin

Russian embassy mocks Abbott's Aussie Rules talk

(Newser) - If Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott walks it like he talks it, next month's G20 summit in Brisbane could be a more feisty affair than usual: Vladimir Putin will be in attendance, and Abbott says he plans to "shirtfront" the Russian leader over the downing of Malaysia Airlines...

Putin Hurt in Judo Fight: Belarus President

Russian prez twisted spine after 'throwing guy'

(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...

Olympian Booted From Games Over Pot Brownie

Nick Delpopolo says he accidentally ate it before coming to London

(Newser) - Nick Delpopolo's pre-Olympics regimen included a ton of judo training—and, apparently, the consumption of at least one pot brownie. The US judo competitor was disqualified from the Games today after testing positive for marijuana. Delpopolo had already competed in the 73-kilogram class last Monday. The 23-year-old came in...

Saudi Woman Makes History in 82 Seconds

Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani exits with head held high

(Newser) - There was never any chance that Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani was going to win her judo match at the Olympics. In a competition of all black belts, Shahrkhani has only achieved blue. But the crowd gave her a roaring ovation anyway after Melissa Mojica of Puerto Rico dispatched her...

US Grabs Judo Milestone
 US Grabs Judo Milestone 

US Grabs Judo Milestone

Kayla Harrison wins nation's first gold in the sport

(Newser) - For the first time in Olympic history, the United States has taken home a gold medal in judo. Kayla Harrison won the top spot in the 78-kilogram division today, the AP reports. She defeated Britain's Gemma Gibbons, who won silver, throwing her twice in the final. Harrison, a former...

Saudi Will Wear Hijab in Olympic Competition
Saudi Will Wear Hijab
in Judo Competition

Saudi Will Wear Hijab in Judo Competition

Olympics gives go-ahead after judo teen's dad insists

(Newser) - Saudi officials have won the go-ahead from the International Olympic Committee for a female athlete to wear a hijab in the judo competition. Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani, 16, had signed an agreement with Saudi officials that she would only compete if she could wear "correct and approved" clothing...

Saudi Woman May Withdraw From Games Over Hijab Ban
Saudi Woman May Withdraw From Games Over Hijab Ban

Saudi Woman May Withdraw From Games Over Hijab Ban

Shaherkani will withdraw from judo match if not allowed to wear headscarf

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia made history by sending two female athletes to the Olympics this year—but that number could drop to one if a judoka is not allowed to wear a hijab during her judo bouts. The International Judo Federation president said last week that Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani will...

Saudi Woman Competing at Olympics Without Hijab

Decision will likely be controversial

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is sending women to the Olympics for the first time—and at least one of them, a judo competitor, won’t be wearing a traditional Islamic headscarf while competing. Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani "will fight according to the principle and spirit of judo, so without a...

5 Obscure Olympic Pursuits
 5 Obscure Olympic Pursuits 

5 Obscure Olympic Pursuits

For some countries, Beijing is about judo, handball and badminton

(Newser) - Basketball, Speedo-wearing athletes and gymnastics floor routines might be the toast of NBC on this side of the ocean, but lesser-known Olympic disciplines will drive other nations to the edge of their collective seat, reports Time. Here are five:
  1. Badminton: Responsible for Indonesia's lone gold, the sport with 125-mph backhand

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