Vladimir Putin and his power in world sports
1963 in St Petersburg
Arkady Rotenberg, Putin's right-hand man
Sochi 2019
Black belt
Other sports
Sports training opened doors at the KGB
Garry Kasparov
The master plan
Sports officials as vicarious agents
Image improvement
A network of sports associations
Sports officials who take the easier but unethical route
2022 Winter Olympics in China
Sports associations turn away
A break in the Olympic truce
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Vladimir Putin and his power in world sports

Until recently, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president now at war in Ukraine, held great power over world sports. Various organizations (Fifa, The International Olympic Committee, IOC for short, etc.) sought out Putin to get money for their sporting events. As a result, the head of Russia had a lot of power and decision-making power in the world of international sports.

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1963 in St Petersburg

Vladimir Putin's career in sports began in 1963 in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad), where he met Anatoly Rotenberg for the first time at the age of 11 in Anatoly Rachlin's sambo club.

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Arkady Rotenberg, Putin's right-hand man

This Russian oligarch, whose fortune is estimated at around $2.5 billion according to Forbes, owes his wealth to his friendship with Putin. In 2014, for example, he received a government contract for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi after a bid, even though he had asked for more money for the project than other applicants.

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Sochi 2019

Pictured is Vladimir Putin, who likes to put himself in the middle, in Sochi in 2019 with the Russian national judo team and Arkady Rotenberg (right).

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Black belt

In judo he received a black belt as an adult and became the Leningrad city champion. Besides judo, he enjoys doing karate, boxing and sambo .

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Other sports

Aside from martial arts, Putin is also interested in motor sports, hiking and skiing.

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Sports training opened doors at the KGB

As a KGB agent, Putin worked in foreign espionage. When he wanted to join the KGB, he was told that he needed a degree. Close combat training was an advantage.

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Garry Kasparov

One of Putin's most well-known critics is former world chess champion Garry Kasparov, who claims that world sports propelled Putin "down the path of aggression."

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The master plan

Sports are like a submarine for Putin, as part of a master plan to "undermine the free world," and not just in relation to Russia's investment in the Sochi 2014 Olympics and the 2018 World Cup.

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Sports officials as vicarious agents

Kasparov criticizes the way sports officials treat Vladimir Putin, saying he was "encouraged". The proximity of sports to the Kremlin arose out of convenience.

Pictured: IOC President Thomas Bach

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Image improvement

"International sport serves as a useful tool for dictators," says Kasparov in an interview with ARD. It is a good opportunity to improve their image worldwide.

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A network of sports associations

The sports federations helped Putin to expand his network of lobbyists and agents, the largest in the free world.

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Sports officials who take the easier but unethical route

Sports officials all have direct and indirect links with dictators around the world, as it is easier to negotiate with them than to apply for grants in parliaments. " One dinner might be enough to get money from Putin," says Kasparov .

On the picture: Thomas Bach, President of the IOC.

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2022 Winter Olympics in China

It is striking that in recent years more and more sporting events have taken place in authoritarian countries.

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Sports associations turn away

Putin's network and influence in the sports world has been ruined by the attack on Ukraine. Many sports associations have turned their backs on him.

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A break in the Olympic truce

So now Thomas Bach says goodbye to Vladimir Putin. And Andrew Parsons, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) called into the Beijing stadium: "I wish you all success and good luck. Thank you. Peace!"

 

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