Adnan Gutic is one of 11 American men scheduled to represent his country in judo at May’s IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. He will be competing in the men’s -81kg. He is ranked 18th in the world, and he is the third rank competitor domestically.
Bosnia-born US judoka Gutic took up the sport in 2006. He was a wrestler, before getting involved in judo. He is affiliated with White Dragon Judo Club in Overland, Missouri. He competed in the men’s -73kg in 2010. He won a gold medal in the men’s -81kg at the US Judo National Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 consecutively. St Louise, Missouri native Gutic took home a gold medal at the 2013 ParaPan American Championship. He competed at the 2014 IBSA Judo World Championships in Colorado Springs, the United States. He is aiming to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and his ultimate goal is to win a medal at the Paralympic.
The-29-year old was born with a visual impairment, and he lost vision in his right eye. He is a braille teacher and wrestling coach at the Missouri School for the Blind. He does not think that his visual impairment is no big deal in his life. “Why? The only thing you can’t do is see. You can walk. You can talk, you can exercise. The only thing you can’t do is see. What’s the big problem,” he told ABC 13 News.
Judo is taking place at the Seoul Student Gymnasium, with competition officially getting underway on May 12 and running until May 15. Judoka will have the opportunity to start training on May 8, two days before the opening ceremony. Judo has been part of the IBSA World Championships and Games since the event’s inception, and has been on the Paralympic program since 1988 when Seoul hosted the Games. Women’s judo was added to the Paralympic program in Athens at the 2004 Games.