World Championships without Russian athletes
The war between Ukraine and Russia is causing complex concerns in the sports world. In judo, a team of top Russian athletes was allowed to compete in the IJF World Tour competitions under the IJF banner, as well as the World Championships in Tashkent in October. For example, a team of Russian athletes participated in the Grand Slam of Ulaanbaatar.
This to great reluctance and protest from the camp of Ukraine, which not only boycotted the Grand Slam in Mongolia, but also recently indicated that the team would boycott the World Championships if Russian athletes were allowed to participate in the upcoming Worlds in Uzbekistan.
Only a few sports federations allow athletes from the Russian Federation at the moment. Judo is one of them, The team from the Russian Federation and Belarus withdraw from World Championships participation.
The IJF confirmed on Wednesday the news:
"The Executive Committee of the International Judo Federation decided today, 21st September 2022, considering the current international circumstances and in order to ensure the protection of all athletes in the sport of judo, to not allow the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus in international judo events until January 2023."