Dutch judoka Ilona Lucassen has passed away this last weekend at the age of just 23.
— TeamNL🇳🇱 (@TeamNLtweets) June 14, 2020
The former Dutch champion U78 kg was a bronze medalist from the 2018 Hague Grand Prix and won the European Open in Tallinn in October last year. She also won the European Open in Glasgow in 2018.
The devastating news was announced by her parents on Friday, saying that Ilona had difficulties finding her peace.
As a junior, she collected eight medals at European Cups and took four gold medals in Coimbra, Kaunas, Gdynia, and Berlin. As a junior, she took world silver with the Dutch team in Zagreb in 2017 and European silver in Maribor. She captured the National title U78kg in 2018 and took bronze last year.