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USA Judo has announced the”unexpected passing” of domestic group member Jack Hatton in the age of 24.
The -81 kg judoka hoped to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics and won two Pan American Open occasions in 2017.
Originally he also reached the second round in the World Championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
“Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of understanding and he will not be abandoned,” read a statement on the USA Judo site.
“We grieve with the entire USA Judo and worldwide judo community in this difficult time.
“USA Judo is in the practice of providing grief counselling services for all people needing”
Pedro’s Judo Centre, in which Hatton had been a part since 2015, said:”Along with being a top US Judo athlete, Jack was kind-hearted, affectionate and an all-around great individual. He had been a role model for students at our dojo and judoka all over the nation.
“He will be profoundly missed by all of us in Pedro’s and the rest of the judo world. In the event that you or a loved one is afflicted by their psychological wellbeing, please seek help or speak to somebody.”
Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), added to Twitter:”I’m profoundly moved by the abrupt passing of USA Judo international Jack Hatton. Despite the IJF, I send my sincere condolences and wishes to USA Judo and Jack’s family members and friends.”
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