Chechen president Kadyrov breaks rib in boxing match

President of the Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov breaks his rib in training boxing match

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, broke a rib during a boxing training, he said on Saturday in his Instagram account.

"Last training during sparring with @iznaur_k926ra and @balu_k927ra I got a few good punches. Blows were so good and accurate that I had a fractured fourth rib in as much as two places," Kadyrov wrote, reports.

Kadyrov is known as a sports enthusiast with a particular passion for fighting disciplines like boxing and mixed martial arts. He shares pictures and videos of his activities on his official Instagram account.

Despite the rib fractures, the coaches gave Kadyrov only one day-off for recovery, the Chechen leader said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has relied on Kadyrov to maintain control over Chechnya, where rights activists accuse the regional leader of condoning abuses and creating a climate of fear to keep rebel groups in check.

Kadyrov, a 38-year-old father of eight, once fought as a rebel against the Russian Federation’s forces before being appointed as Chechen president by Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2007.

His father was also the first President of Chechnya, Akhmad Kadyrov, before he was assassinated by Chechen militants in Grozny in 2004.

Kadyrov has voiced strong support for the pro-Putin rebels in eastern Ukraine and for Russia's annexation of Crimea. He is on the EU sanctions list.

TRTWorld and agencies