In response to recent social media posts from Olympic champion Khasan Khalmurzaev, the Russian Judo Federation sent a letter to the International Judo Federation to provide the following information:

• The athlete has been found in breach of the federation’s internal rules and regulations which does not allow the public posting of any religious or political personal views.

• The Russian Judo Federation immediately suspended the athlete temporarily, until a further decision is taken.

The International Judo Federation continues to fight against discrimination and to defend peace and the values of humanity. We stand by the judo values of mutual aid and prosperity, respect and friendship which guide us and the international judo family.

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