Buhos ngayon ang pakikiramay sa mga naulila ng American judoka na si Jack Hatton na biglang pumanaw sa edad na 24-anyos.
Si Hatton, na isa sa mga top prospects ng Estados Unidos para sa Tokyo Olympics, ay nagtapos na may silver medal sa ginanap na world judo Grand Prix circuit noong Abril 2018 sa half-middleweight (81kg) class.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that USA Judo announces the unexpected passing of USA Judo national team member, Jack Hatton,” saad ng US national governing body sa isang statement.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the Hatton Family and Jack’s teammates, coaches and friends. Jack was one of America’s top judo players and was a multi-time medalist for USA Judo in various competitions across the globe.
“Jack made an indelible mark on all who had the pleasure of knowing him, and he will not be forgotten. We grieve with the entire USA Judo and international judo community during this tough time.”
Hindi naman tinukoy ng lupon kung ano ang ikinamatay ni Hatton.
Nagsanay si Hatton sa ilalim ni Jimmy Pedro, isang seventh degree black belt na nagwagi sa 73kg world title noong 2009 at bronze medals noong 1996 at 2004 Olympics.
Nag-post din ng kanyang tribute ang Judo Center na pag-aari ni Pedro sa Facebook.
“It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you of the untimely passing of one of our students, teammates, brothers, and friends, Jack Hatton.
“Jack has been a member of Pedro’s Judo Center since 2015 and pursuing his dream of becoming a member of the 2020 Olympic Team.
“Along with being a top US Judo athlete, Jack was kind-hearted, caring and an all-around great person. He was a true role model for students at our dojo and judoka all over the country.
“He will be deeply missed… by all of us at Pedro’s Judo Center and the rest of the judo world.”