A judo club in Tasmania has written to the Kremlin to ask Vladimir Putin to be its patron.
The Ulverstone Judo Club, in the state's north, says President Putin's prowess in the sport and no-nonsense approach make him the perfect candidate.
"I often say (at the club), look, Vladimir Putin doesn't put up with crap like this," head coach Chris Palmer told AAP.
"He's got plenty of backbone, he makes a decision and away he goes."
Mr Palmer said members of the club came up with the idea when they spotted the Russian president at the world championships in Rio last month.
They wrote to him this week and are hopeful of receiving a reply.
"We've gone to the Kremlin now," Mr Palmer said.
"If we don't do any good with getting a reply ... I'll shoot it back through the European judo.
"We might be able to get something that way."
President Putin began judo as a teenager and holds a sixth 'dan' red and white belt.
He has been the president of his boyhood club in St Petersburg and co-authored a book on the sport.
Mr Palmer, who earned his fifth 'dan' black belt last weekend, said the president's appearances practising judo on TV showed he had a sound knowledge of the sport.
"You can tell straight away that he has done a bit," he said.
"We have kids one night a week, some might do two.
"In Russia you're four nights a week or bugger off."Mr Palmer said while he admired President Putin's lack of political correctness, he didn't agree with some of his more controversial policies.