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Kato Ottio
lechef (IP Logged)
09 January, 2018 09:57
Widnes Vikings centre Kato Ottio has died at the age of 23 after developing "a sudden health issue".

Papua New Guinea international Ottio, who represented his country at last year's World Cup, was due to travel to join Widnes for pre-season training after signing for them in December.

Widnes CEO James Rule said: "We are devastated to learn that Kato Ottio has passed away [Monday] afternoon. Kato was an incredibly talented player, with a bright future ahead of him in rugby league.

"This news is all the more tragic, because Kato was due to travel to the UK this week to fulfil his dream of playing first-grade Rugby League. We had been in regular contact with Kato and were excited to welcome a bright, excited and passionate young man, who had genuine potential for the future.

"Having only learned this morning that Kato had developed a sudden health issue whilst training yesterday [Sunday], we are in absolute shock to now receive this tragic news.

"We will be liaising closely with his loved ones to offer them our condolences and support at this difficult time. Widnes Vikings will of course be looking to celebrate Kato's life and pay our sincere respects to someone who we believe would have become a hero at our club.

"Whilst we are coming to terms with this news, and still learning the full facts of this situation, we are unable to comment further at this time."

Head coach Dennis Betts added: "All of us saw at the World Cup the incredible gifts that Kato had, and his potential to forge a great career in rugby league.

"Moreover, in all of our interactions with him, we found Kato to be a person of great character, who was excited to be following his dreams.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/01/2018 10:01 by lechef.

Re: Kato Ottio
tpr's headmistress (IP Logged)
09 January, 2018 11:38
Poor lad.

Re: Kato Ottio
derbyshire fan (IP Logged)
09 January, 2018 17:02
so sad

Re: Kato Ottio
mfc (IP Logged)
09 January, 2018 20:45
So so sad - hard to really express

Re: Kato Ottio
AP (IP Logged)
10 January, 2018 12:39
According to the BBC:

Widnes Vikings and Papua New Guinea centre Kato Ottio, who died aged 23, is believed to have suffered severe heat stroke after a training run.

The Pacific International Hospital in Papua New Guinea, where he was treated, said he "collapsed during a training session, involving road running".

If correct, that is just so avoidable.

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