Photos: From Ping Pong to Judo, World Leaders Practice Sports Diplomacy

Diplomacy isn't all fun and games.

Most people know about Russian President Vladimir Putin's judo training, but U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's soccer skills and former Chinese President Hu Jintao's table tennis techniques are equally impressive.

Click through the slideshow above to see how these presidents, prime ministers and diplomats scored points around the world by playing along with local athletes and even one another.

With additional reporting by Liz Flora.

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