Paralympic inclusion delights Drane

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Jonathan Drane has spoken of his delight following confirmation that he has been included in the British judo squad for this year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, writes Liam Apicella.

The North Lopham Kumo Judo club player, who fought on the GB senior squad before the diagnosis of his visual impairment, made the cut following his recent recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury that sidelined him for a number of months.

“It’s a real honour to represent your country at the Paralympics and it’s pretty special to be celebrating my selection alongside some of the guys that I train alongside every day,” said the 29-year-old.

“Injury has been a challenge but I’m back in training and am really focussed on making sure my rivals know they’re up against a truly formidable opponent in Rio.”

Paralympics GB’s Chef de Mission Penny Briscoe added: “This is a very talented and committed group of athletes and I’m delighted to announce their selection.

“I’m excited by their potential and by the competition that we can expect to see in Rio. I’d like to wish all of the athletes the very best of luck with their ongoing training and preparation.”

Drane (under-81kg) won World Championship bronze in 2014 and he also finished third at last year’s IBSA World Cup in Hungary.