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USA Judo has declared the”unexpected departure” of domestic group member Jack Hatton in age 24.
The -81 kg judoka got 2 Pan American Open events in 2017 and hoped to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Originally he 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 forgotten,” read a statement about the USA Judo website.
“We grieve with the whole USA Judo and international judo community during this tough time.
“USA Judo is in the process of supplying grief counselling services for all individuals in need.”
Pedro’s Judo Centre, where Hatton was a part because 2015, said:”Along with being a leading US Judo athlete, Jack was kind-hearted, affectionate and an all round great individual. He had been a real role model for pupils at judoka and our dojo all around the nation.
“He’ll be deeply missed by all of us in Pedro’s and the rest of the judo world. In the event you or a loved one is afflicted by their psychological health, please seek help or talk to somebody.”
Marius Vizer, president of the International Judo Federation (IJF), added on Twitter:”I am deeply moved by the abrupt death of USA Judo global Jack Hatton. On behalf of the IJF, I send my sincere condolences and wants to USA Judo along with Jack’s family and friends”
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