Russian karateka illegally visits occupied Crimea ahead of Euro championships - will WKF ban him?

Ernest Sharafutdinov
Ernest Sharafutdinov

Russian karateka Ernest Sharafutdinov decided a vacation to temporarily occupied Crimea was the best way to prepare for the European Karate Championships.

He was accompanied by his coach, Nikolay Balabanov.

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Sharafutdinov is a supporter of Russia's illegal war of aggression and conquest, notably liking social media posts in support of Russia's full-scale invasion early in the war.

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The World Karate Federation has previously said that Russian athletes who support Russia's war on Ukraine are ineligible to compete.

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The European Karate Championships will take place from May 8 to 12 in Zadar, Croatia.

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