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SASCOC salute Justin

South Africa’s Olympic governing body, SASCOC has learnt with sadness about the passing on of judoka Justin Goosen.

Diagnosed with cancer in 2011, the 39-year-old sportsman lost his battle to the disease on Monday, 12 March 2012.

SASCOC chief executive Tubby Reddy expressed SASCOC’s sincere condolences to Goosen’s family and friends.

“We are all shocked and saddened by this latest tragedy in what has been an inordinately high number of sporting deaths of late. Justin was a talented, hard-working person, who had huge passion for his sport,” Reddy said. “We mourn with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Goosen was captain of the national team that competed in Algeria in 2000, and led the judo team to the All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria in 2003. He unfortunately missed-out on qualification for the 2004 Athens Olympics by two places.

After his retirement from competition he remained a loyal supporter of the sport and was the players’ representative of Judo South Africa for many years.

Goosen is survived by wife Gayle, their two children, as well as his parents and sister.