Otti Roethof (left) and John Reeberg in 1980
|Born||ca. 1950 (age 67–68)|
Roethof was born on Curaçao and moved with his family to Suriname at the age of 10. In the early 70s he moved to the Netherlands, where he lived in Amsterdam. Between 1977 and 1984 he won multiple Karate medals at the European and World Karate Championships. before  In 1977 in Tokyo he became the first non-Japanese world champion. In 1984 he published the book Karate: een handboek voor trainer, coach en karateka (ISBN 90-6076-192-8). In 1985 he became coach of the Dutch national karate team. At his last world championships in 1986 he comes in fourth.
Roethof ran several sport schools and owned a sports retail shop in the 1990s. He was involved in drug-related criminal activities in the Netherlands and lost his business in 2001.
- "Home > The Games > Results history". World Games. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- Named 27 years of age in Nederland behaalt wereldtitel karate, Leidse Courant, 5 December 1977. (in Dutch)
- Otti Roethof nog altijd succesvol, at Radio Nederland Wereldomroep Suriname, 5 July 2007 (in Dutch)
- Black Belt. Active Interest Media, Inc. May 1978. pp. 12–.
- Otti Roethof rustig op weg naar twee wereldtitels, Leidse Courant, 22 November 1980. (in Dutch)
- Dossier Otti Roethof. limburger.nl. 13 April 2010
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