Toshihiko Koga Death – Toshihiko Koga, a Japanese Olympic judo champion at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, kicked the basin of sickness Wednesday at his home in Kawasaki, near Tokyo, his organization association said. He was 53.
The three-time Olympian was momentarily hospitalized in the spring of a year prior in light of illness when various sources said he had one kidney wiped out last March.
Koga was wanted to participate in the Tokyo Olympic light exchange in May in his nearby prefecture of Saga, southwestern Japan. The hand-off initiates Thursday in Fukushima Prefecture in the countries upper east.
Having missed the stage in the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Koga won the gold embellishment in the men’s 71-kilogram grouping at the Barcelona Games, regardless of an actual issue aside leg, and the silver in the 78-kg class at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
“I’m at this point in a state of complete scepticism,” said Hidehiko Yoshida, who moreover stayed on the Olympic stage in Barcelona after winning the men’s 78-kg competition.
“Exactly when Koga prevailing at the Barcelona Olympics, I felt more satisfaction than when I won myself. That both of us won gold honours is something I treasure.”
After leaving as a competitor, Koga filled in as a coach for the women’s public judo team.
He similarly taught the women’s judo group at International Pacific University in Okayama, western Japan, from 2007, making it may be the most grounded club in the country.
Kosei Inoue, Japan’s public judo team manager lamented the game’s adversity.
“Despite a shocking vibe for judo, Mr Koga had prominent information, close by his speed and power. Off the knot, he for the most part had a smile all finished and would joyfully visit with me. His passing came too soon, and he will be recalled affectionately by the judo world,” Inoue said.