TEHRAN, July 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- The U.S. Judo Federation expressed condolences to Iran Judo Federation and the families of dead Iranian judokas who were travelling to Armenia to hold a training camp.
Eight young Iranian judokas and their two coaches were killed when a 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 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 U.S.A. Judo, we hope that their family, friends and teammates in their hometowns accept our sincere condolences on their tragic loss."
President of the International Judo Federation (IJF) pointed out that the participants in the international competitions in Hungary in August will hold one-minute silence to commemorate the victims of the crash.
"The crash is a catastrophic incident for international judo. I express my condolences to their families and the Iranian Judo Federation," Marius Vizer said.
"I will soon travel to Iran to sympathize with the bereaved families," he added.
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