South Africa’s Olympic governing body SASCOC has expressed its sadness over the double loss suffered by the judo fraternity.
Judo South Africa lost two vastly experienced administration staff in the space of a week.
First Kenny Rinquest, Judo South Africa’s Development Director, passed away in Cape Town. Shortly afterwards Judo South Africa first vice-president Daan le Grange passed away in Bloemfontein, after a suspected heart attack.
Rinquest was in charge of university judo in South African for many years, participating in many summer universiades and also organised several important student exchanges in the judo code.
Le Grange was 50 and a former SA judo champion himself. His 20-year-old son, DJ, is a current senior South African champion.
Said SASCOC President Gideon Sam: “This is a terrible loss for the South African judo fraternity. The sport is going to be particularly hard hit by this double blow. At a time when we need qualified administrators to step up to the plate and help the sport move forward, the deaths of Kenny and Daan leave us all the poorer.
“Our thoughts go out to their families and loved ones and we will give every assistance to judo in these times of hardship.”
SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Mr Tubby Reddy also expressed his condolences. “To lose two key administrative figures with their collective knowledge is going to hit the sport hard. But we have every faith that Judo South Africa will come together at this sad time.”