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TheLordHumungus
7/17/2009 7:26pm,
This just breaks my heart. So young, with so much fucking potential.

Link to story here. (http://judo.teamusa.org/news/article/14334)


Iranian Junior Judo Team Dies in Plane Crash
Nicole Jomantas - USA Judo July 15, 2009
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - USA Judo recently learned of the death of 11 members of the Iranian Junior Judo Team, including eight athletes, two coaches and a head of the delegation, that were aboard the jet that crashed on Wednesday morning outside Tehran, Iran. USA Judo extends its deepest sympathies to the victims and their families as well as the Iran Judo Federation and their Olympic family following this tragic event.
USA Judo President Lance Nading (Denver, Colo.) stated: "I urge you to join me in mourning the loss of our judo brothers that have had their lives taken from them at such a young age. Whether one of those athletes might have gone on to become a Olympic Champion or bring the gift of judo to a town or village that had not been introduced to the sport, sadly, we will not have the opportunity to know. These young athletes will not have the chance to grow into adulthood and fully understand and appreciate the global bond that we all share as judoka. On behalf, of USA Judo, we hope that their family, friends and teammates in their hometowns accept our sincere condolences on their tragic loss."

Blue Negation
7/22/2009 9:33am,
Adding to the sadness is that this accident apparently exposed the Iranian Judo team's practice of sending out experienced senior judo champs to compete under the names of the junior members - 3 in this case.

http://judoforum.com/index.php?showtopic=38702

patfromlogan
7/22/2009 9:42am,
What a fucking shame. The type of people that the Middle East and the world needs get wiped out, again.

I remember when the 13 members of TKD Iraqi team got snuffed in Iraq back in'07. ****, the best and the brightest die young so often.


So much trouble in the world now
Bless my eyes this morning
JAH sun is on the rise once again
The way earthly things are going
Anything can happen

- Marley

1point2
7/22/2009 9:47am,
I missed the OP the first time around. That's a damn shame.

The cheating it exposed pales in comparison, but is also shameful, albeit in a different way.

TheLordHumungus
7/22/2009 11:42am,
Adding to the sadness is that this accident apparently exposed the Iranian Judo team's practice of sending out experienced senior judo champs to compete under the names of the junior members - 3 in this case.

http://judoforum.com/index.php?showtopic=38702

That just makes the whole thing more gut wrenching. Dammit.