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Judo diplomacy

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While the ladies' beach volleyball is exciting Boris ‘glistening otters’ Johnson and the peeking Prime Minister, another event could be about to get very political.

President Putin is set to arrive in town on Thursday: yes there will be bilateral meetings, but he’s really here for the judo.

At a time when UK/Russian relations are particularly low, one Russian Embassy source jokes that perhaps diplomacy should be a little more hands on and that Putin should challenge fellow judo fan William Hague to a match.

Sadly this will remain a pipe-dream, which is just as well - we would not want Hague’s old judo partner - Lord Sebastian Coe - to get jealous.

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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