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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

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