Russia: Putin attends judo tournament dedicated to his mentor

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the Sixth International Youth Judo Tournament in memory of Anatoly Rakhlin, the Russian leader's childhood mentor and judo trainer, in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday. «Thanks to the efforts of people like him [Anatoly Rakhlin] and his companions, mass sports in our country are developing successfully,» Putin said at the event, held at the Yubileiny... Еще Sports Palace. «Anatoly taught us to move only towards the goal, go only forward, overcome difficulties, make friends and respect rivals,» added the Russian leader added, who also has a black-belt in judo. Around 300 judokas from 17 different countries took part in the tournament. Anatoly Rakhlin was a famous Soviet and Russian judo coach, vice-president of the Russian Judo Federation. The coach died at the age of 75 in 2013.

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