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Mark Huizinga's last judo battle at 22 September
10 Sep 2015 11:00
2000 Olympic Champion Mark Huizinga will fight his last judo battle at the World veteran Championships in Amsterdam at 22 September. The organisation of this IJF event can be very satisfied with the registration of the 42-year old five time Europe champion and triple Olympic medallist.
“It was seven years ago since I was at the tatami, so I don’t know exactly what to expect. Actually I have never ever seen a veteran competition. Every now and then I train with my club Budokan Rotterdam, but obviously don’t have the level of the past anymore. I just hope for a nice day of judo and I aim to win all my matches.”
Since Huizinga retired in 2008 he gave a lot of judo clinics and was national junior coach for a while. However his biggest hobby is fishing. Being an interesting speaker with an impressive story he was able to earn a living. For the Dutch Olympic Committee he is chief of mission at the Youth Olympic Games 2014 and 2018. Since 2015 he is president of the Dutch Survival Association, another hobby of the athlete. Despite his love for outdoor sports, an event like the World Veteran Championships is a nice occasion to feel the tatami and showcase the event.
Today is Mark’s birthday. Watch his profile of one of the best technicians in judo.
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