Kazakhstan's judo official Makhmutov Beket has died ©IJF

International Judo Federation (IJF) President Marius Vizer has led the tributes to Kazakhstan's Beket Makhmutov following his death.

Beket was the Honorary President of the Kazakhstan Judo Federation and the vice president of the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan. 

Kazakhstan's news agency Kazinform said he will "go down in history" as a "highly-qualified coach who raised Kazakh sport to the next level".

"Mr Beket was a man of sport," the IJF said. 

"He was involved in sport activities during his whole life. 

Makhmutov Beket was a huge figure in Kazakh judo ©Getty Images
Makhmutov Beket was a huge figure in Kazakh judo ©Getty Images

"After being President of the Kazakhstan Boxing Federation for six years, it was in 2009 and, for three years, when he became President of the Kazakhstan Judo Federation. 

"A vital position in a country that loves judo."

Vizer added: "On behalf of the International Judo Federation, I would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family as well as to the Kazakh Olympic family and the Kazakh judo family. 

"Our thoughts are with you in these difficult times."

Beket was also a vice president of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) for 10 years.

"We send sincere condolences to Mr. Makhmutov's family, friends and to all Kazakhstan boxing federation," said AIBA Interim President Dr. Mohamed Moustahsane.   

“He was part of AIBA family for many years, serving for the best of our beloved sport as a coach, official and vice president. 

"It's a big loss for the whole boxing world,” he added.