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Sad Losses
Friday, 04 June 2010 09:39

 Judo New Zealand and the judo world have lost two friends in the past week.

On 25 May Mr Francois Besson (right), IJF Sports Director died at the age of 63, and on 26 May New Zealand's representative at the first official World Championships (Tokyo 1956) Mr Feiko Sjoerds died age 79.


Of Francois Besson, JNZ President Dave Browne said; "He was agreat friend of Judo in the Oceania region and also very supportive of Commonwealth Judo. We were very happy to have him as our guest in New Zealand in 2004 when he attended the Commonwealth Championships in Auckland."

Feiko Sjoerds was rated in the top 10 in the world during the 1950's, and was one of the first instructors at the Can Am Ju club in Christchurch. He won 5 National Open titles, including the first 3 NZ Championships (1957-1959).


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