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American judoka Howard Wilson represents US at IBSA World Games in Seoul

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Howard Wilson is one of 11 American men scheduled to represent the United States in judo at the upcoming IBSA World Games in Seoul, Korea. Wilson will be competing in the – 90kg. He is currently No.3 in the United State. He is ranked 24th in the 2015 IBSA World Ranking List, as he has not got any points through international tournaments yet.

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The-49-year old judoka took up the sport at Menomonee Judo Club in Chicago. He is currently affiliating with Menomonee Judo Club, and he is training with the coach Brett Wolf four to five days a week.

Howard Wilson in the middle. Image credit: Howard Wilson's Facebook.

Howard Wilson in the middle. Image credit: Howard Wilson’s Facebook.

Wilson used to serve in the Marine Corps. He became partially visual impaired, while working for the Iraqi Campaign.  His judo skills are based on military training as well as wrestling background that he had played at high school. He won a silver medal at the 2014 USA National Championships in Reno, Nevada. This remarkable achievement led him to represent his country at the 2014 IBSA Judo World Championships. “This has been a goal of mine for quite a while. As a Marine, it gives me great pride to have another opportunity to represent the United States, this time in a different capacity,” he said. Earlier 2015, he competed in the 2015 World Cup in Eger, Hungary. He is heading to Seoul for the IBSA World Games with the hope of qualifying for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

About EJ Monica Kim (41 Articles)
EJ Monica Kim completed B.A (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney. She is a freelance journalist and writer at the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], based in Seoul, Korea.

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