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Published:July 17th, 2009 14:25 EST
U.S. Judo Federation Sends Condolences to Iranians

U.S. Judo Federation Sends Condolences to Iranians

By Suren Hossein

U.S. Judo Federation expressed condolences to the families of crash victim`s especially Iranian judokas travelling to Armenia to hold a training camp.

Eight young Iranian judokas and their two coaches were killed at Tupolev passenger aircraft crashed in Qazvin, northwestern Iran, on Wednesday.

The Caspian Airlines aircraft carrying 168 passengers was traveling from Tehran to Yerevan in Armenia when it came down at 11:33am.

U.S. 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.

U.S. Judo President Lance Nading 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 an 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. "