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USA Judo has announced the”unexpected passing” of federal group member Jack Hatton at the age of 24.
The -81kg judoka got 2 Pan American Open events and was hoping to qualify to the Tokyo Olympics.
Originally from Massachusetts, he reached the second round at the World Championships.
“Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of understanding and he will not be abandoned,” read an announcement about the USA Judo website.
“We grieve with the entire USA Judo and international judo community during this challenging time.
“USA Judo is currently in the practice of providing grief counselling services for all those needing”
Pedro’s Judo Centre, where Hatton had been a part since 2015, stated:”Along with being a leading US Judo athlete, Jack was kind-hearted, affectionate and an all-around great individual. He had been a real role model for students at our dojo and judoka all around the nation.
“He’ll be profoundly missed by all people at Pedro’s along with the rest of the judo world. In case you or a loved one is struggling with their emotional health, please seek assistance or talk to somebody.”
Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), added on Twitter:”I am profoundly moved by the sudden death of USA Judo global Jack Hatton. Despite the IJF, I send my sincere condolences and desires to USA Judo along with Jack’s family members and friends.”
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