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Putin to visit Budapest for Judo Worlds

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Budapest for the opening of the 2017 World Judo Championships on Monday, at the invitation of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, the PMʼs Press Chief Bertalan Havasi said Thursday.

The two leaders will also hold bilateral talks, added Havasi.  

The 2017 World Judo Championships will be held between 28 August and 3 September at the László Papp Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest.

The Russian president is known as a keen follower of judo. Putin co-authored a book on his favorite sport, published in English under the title "Judo: History, Theory, Practice."

According to a 2012 Reuters report, Putin, who holds a black belt in judo, was awarded the eighth dan, one of the sport’s highest honors, by the International Judo Federation (IJF).

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