Olympic Judo: USA judo star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Jack Hatton dies suddenly aged 24

USA judo star Jack Hatton has expired aged just 24. Hatton was hoping to make the American team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. He recently competed at the Senior World Championships in Tokyo and was considered the best American judoka. Olympic fans from all over the world are invited to book Olympic 2020 tickets from our online platform for Olympic Tickets. Olympic Judo fans can book Olympic Judo tickets from our ticketing marketplace exclusively on discounted prices.

 A cause of death has not been revealed at the time of writing. A statement on the USA Judo website reads. Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him and he will not be forgotten.

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Olympic Judo: USA judo star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Jack Hatton dies suddenly aged 24

“We mourn with the whole USA Judo and international judo public during this threatening time. USA Judo is in the procedure of providing grief therapy services for those in need.”

He reached the second round at the World Championships in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Marius Vizer, leader of the International Judo Federation (IJF), posted on Twitter: I’m deeply enthused by the unexpected death of USA Judo global Jack Hatton.

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Olympic Judo: USA judo star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful Jack Hatton dies suddenly aged 24

“On behalf of the IJF, I send my sincere condolences and wishes to USA Judo and Jack’s family and friends.”

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Originally from Massachusetts, the -81kg judoka won two Pan American Open events in 2017 and was hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. A host of the sport’s top stars have expressed their shock as the news broke.

Sagi Muki said: “I am so sad to hear. Jack is one of the finest USA Judoka and highest athlete at the U81kg separation. I’m so sad to hear this and I hope he is in a better place. I had a tough fight with him. My heart is broken.”

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And Olympic champion Khasan Khalmurzaev added:

“I am in shock. Of course, I remember Jack and my match against him. He was a very prosing athlete and I think he had a great future. It’s a pity. Might he rest in peace, my pities to his family”

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Judo for the World Series continues to focus on game’s importance in Japan as prepares for Tokyo Olympic 2020

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has released the third episode of a series of films aimed at showing why the sport is so important in Japan on the road to both this year’s World Championships and Olympic 2020 Games in Tokyo. Olympic Judo fans from all over the world can book Olympic Judo tickets online.

Judo for the World Series continues to focus on game’s importance in Japan as prepares for Tokyo Olympic 2020

The episode, entitled The Art of Judo – winter’s Dawn, was filmed in January 2019 and is the latest installment in the wider Judo for the World movie series.

It focuses on mental strength and the traditional celebration of New Year in Japan.

Viewers can discover the little judo community of Toma in Hokkaido; the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, where the Ueno family, despite the harsh weather conditions, has produced amazing judoka who have gone onto becoming Olympic and world champions.

Beyond the results, more can be learned about the educational dimension of judo and how it can develop in big cities as well as small communities.

Viewers can also discover the Kangeiko tradition, where judoka from all over the world gather together at the Kodokan and for more than 10 days train hard, early in the morning, with the best experts.

Additionally, the wise words of two of the Kodokan 10th Dans, Abe Ichiro and Daigo Toshiro, can be heard.

“This episode will make you dive into ancient and modern Japan,” an IJF statement reads.

“From the north and beautiful snowy countryside to Tokyo, the city that never sleeps, you will understand why judo is much more than a sport.”

The Art of Judo series, which also seeks to demonstrate how the sport has become a universal activity and an educational tool worldwide, is to be divided into four episodes.

Judo for the World Series continues to focus on game’s importance in Japan as prepares for Tokyo Olympic 2020

The IJF intends to produce the last film in Tokyo 2020, just before the Olympic 2020 Games scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9.

The first episode was filmed in autumn and featured the founder of judo, Master Kanō Jigorō.  filmed in summer and highlighted the passion of youth for judo.

The 2019 World Judo Championships are due to be held at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan venue from August 25 to September 1.

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Judo Australia access prime facilities ahead of Olympic 2020 at Tokyo

JUDO: Judo Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Saitama Prefecture, the Ina Town and Ageo City governments to use the Saitama region as their team base prior to entering the athlete village at Tokyo 2020. Olympic Judo fans from all over the world can book Olympic Judo tickets online.

This means the Australian Judo Team will be able to access the Tokyo 2020 facilities for training and preparation camps for the 2019 Tokyo World Championships in August and the Osaka Grand Slam event in November.

Judo Australia access prime facilities ahead of Olympic 2020 at Tokyo

Judo Australia CEO, Alex Vallentine said of the memorandum,

This agreement ensures our athletes will have the best preparation opportunities ahead of both the 2019 World Championships and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“There is already a strong connection between Judo Australia and the Saitama region, and this MoU will further strengthen and build our relationships to best serve our athletes.”

Judo Australia Chair, Kate Corkery echoed Vallentine’s thoughts,

The formalizing of these significant relationships provides an invaluable opportunity for our Australian athletes to train and prepare in excellent facilities, and with quality opposition in the home of Judo during the lead up to Tokyo 2020. Judo will then return to the home of its first Olympics at the Nippon Budokan venue.

Judo is a sport grounded in values practiced worldwide. One of the Judo values is friendship. The signing ceremony was a wonderful reminder of the friendship that exists between Australia and Japan often brought to life through the contest and inspiration of sport.

“Judo Australia, both on and off the mat, will continue to value and develop these friendships during the term of this MoU and long after.”

Judo Australia access prime facilities ahead of Olympic 2020 at Tokyo

The announcement was well-timed around this year’s Osaka Grand Slam event which will take place this weekend, wrapping up the Judo World Tour year.

In other exciting news for Australia’s Olympic qualification hopes, the country welcomed one if it’s newest Olympic hopefuls to the fold.

After spending years competing for Japan and boasting the title of All Japan Champion and Asian Champion, Kaihan Takagi has traded allegiances and will compete in his first event for Australia at the Osaka Grand Slam.

The 28-year-old’s grandmother is Australian, which makes him eligible to compete for either country.

Takagi defeated judoka U100kg such as former World and Olympic champions Ryunosuke Haga, Luciano Correa, Maxim Rakov, Naidan Tuvshinbayar in the time he competed for Japan and was described by Vallentine as a “real chance,” for Australia.

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