Judo star killed in car crash

Tributes have been paid to former Olympia Ryan Birch who died in a car accident in the Bhamas.

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Tributes paid to Judo champion

Tributes have been paid to former Judo champion Ryan Birch from Hull who died in a car accident in the Bahamas.

"We are deeply saddened by tragic passing of Ryan Birch who had dedicated his life to judo with great success. We send our heartfelt condolences to Ryan's family and friends at this time. "

– Andrew Scoular, British Judo Chief Executive officer

"Ryan was held in great esteem in the sport and was not only a world-class judoka but also a wonderful human being."

– Kerrith Brown, British Judo Chairman

Judo Olympian killed in car accident

Ryan Birch Credit: PA

Former European champion and Olympian, Ryan Birch, has died after being involved in a road traffic accident in the Bahamas. The 43-year-old, who was from Hull represented Team GB at the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

It has been reported that the rental car he was in was in collision with a truck in heavy rain close to Odyssey airport.

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