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Greetings to 12th International Judo Tournament for Police and Army

April 14, 2018

Vladimir Putin sent his greetings to participants, organisers and guests of the 12th International Judo Tournament for Police and Army.

The message reads, in part:

“Today, Moscow is once again proud to host a gathering of the best combat athletes from various countries, representing law enforcement agencies, the military and rescue services. This tournament is renowned for spectacular and tense encounters, and the masterly skill, character and willpower demonstrated by its contestants, all of which contributes to the popularity of this event. Holding large-scale and standout competitions of this kind helps judo reach a wider audience and raise awareness among young people, attracting them into the sport by its beauty, aesthetics and philosophy.

It is essential that while strengthening the traditions of a brotherhood in arms and camaraderie, you also perpetuate the memory of heroism and courage demonstrated by your colleagues who lost their lives while on duty. You also support the families of those who fell. A noble deed of this kind deserves the deepest respect.”

April 14, 2018