Agnelli Calls Time On Career


MITCH AGNELLI has called time on his highly successful judo career.

But Agnelli, 71, who has been struggling all year with a recurring hip injury went out on a high at the British Masters tournament staged in the Meadow bank Stadium, Edinburgh. With a total entry of almost 250 competitors, the standard of judo on display reflected the best of British Judo and the majority are coaches who will be producing the potential medal winners at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

Agnelli’s injury worries meant that this year he has not trained to the same level he had achieved in 2015 and his last fight saw him limping off in a great deal of pain.

He then had to be helped onto the podium in order to collect his last British Masters hold medal, clinched when he managed to pull off his trademark Sumi Otoshi throw.

After collecting his medal, Agnelli then announced to his fellow Masters Judokas that he would not be returning to defend his title in Cardiff in 2017.

Agnelli has dedicated all his medals to the memory of his late wife, Val, and has her name embroidered in Japanese letters on his ever-present black belt.

Mitch went onto Island FM with Eddie Mann to talk about his retirement. Click on the link to listen!