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Putin takes it to the mat in Sochi

Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 00:44

Russian President Vladimir Putin shows off his black-belt level judo skills during a training match with the national team's coach. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Vladimir Putin took part in the training session of the country's national judo team in Sochi on Friday (January 8) and held a friendly fight with the team's Italian coach Ezio Gamba. Russian TV footage showed Putin - a judo black belt holder - throwing on the floor one athlete after another. Putin has long cultivated a tough-guy image. He has been shown on TV playing ice-hockey, exercising in the gym, riding a horse, diving to the bottom of the Black Sea and flying with cranes. The judo session was the latest of many events aimed at showing Putin as physically fit, part of a long-running Kremlin drive to show voters that Putin is the right man to run the country.

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Putin takes it to the mat in Sochi

Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 00:44