Putin Gets Black Belt

The head of the International Judo Federation (IJF) Tuesday awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin an honorary seventh grade black belt during his visit to Seoul. IJF president Park Yong-Sung made the award during a luncheon with South Korean business leaders. Park is also chairman of the Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Xinhua announces. Putin, who began judo at the age of 11, has written a book on the sport.