IJF pays tribute to Uzbek judoka Kamoliddin Rasulov

Kamoliddin Rasulov. © IJF
Kamoliddin Rasulov. © IJF

Budapest, Hungary, September 21, 2021: The International Judo Federation has paid tribute to Uzbekistan national team judo player Kamoliddin Rasulov following his tragic death in Tashkent last week.

“He was 29 years old and had a whole life ahead of him. We deeply regret the death, two days ago, of Kamoliddin Rasulov, an Uzbek athlete and a regular on the World Judo Tour,” the IJF said in a statement dated September 16.

“The last time we saw him was at the Doha Masters, earlier this year. During his years as a professional, Rasulov won a silver medal at the Tashkent Grand Prix in 2019, competing against his compatriot Sharofiddin Boltaboev. At the Grand Slam in Paris last year, he fought for bronze and finished fifth.  

“It is always an immense pain to announce the death of a member of the judo family. It is even difficult when it comes to someone who has not yet turned 30. Rasulov had just married in August and had plans for the future.  

“The International Judo Federation accompanies his family and friends in their sadness.”

The Tashkent Times quoted the General Prosecutor’s Office as saying that Rasulov died in the Uchtepa district of Tashkent after being stabbed during a conflict with another athlete on the evening of September 13.