Vladimir Putin is getting punished for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine… well sort of.
The Russian President called for his military to invade neighboring Ukraine in a unprovoked manner. The attacks on the country would start last week and it looks like it’s not going to stop anytime soon.
As a result of this ongoing conflict, Russia being handed various economic restrictions and sanctions by other countries.
Putin himself would also be given a punishment for his involvement in all of this. He would be stripped of his ‘Honorary 9th Dan Taekwondo Black Belt’ by the World Taekwondo organization.
There are 5 principles for Taekwondo: Courtesy, Integrity, perseverance, self-control, and indomitable spirit. World Taekwondo believes Putin failed to uphold those values, following his country’s attacks on Ukraine.
The Organization’s Statement
World Taekwondo would release a statement, condemning Putin’s recent actions:
“World Taekwondo strongly condemns the brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine, which go against the World Taekwondo vision of “Peace is More Precious than Triumph” and the World Taekwondo values of respect and tolerance.
“In this regard, World Taekwondo has decided to withdraw the honorary 9th dan black belt conferred to Mr. Vladimir Putin in November 2013.
“In solidarity with the International Olympic Committee, no Russian or Belarusian national flags or anthems will be displayed or played at World Taekwondo events. World Taekwondo and the European Taekwondo Union will not organise or recognise Taekwondo events in Russia and Belarus. World Taekwondo’s thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and we hope for a peaceful and immediate end to this war.”