was with great sadness that the International Handball Federation has learned
about the death of Olympic, World and European Champion Vasily Kudinov on 11
February 2017, six days before his 48th birthday.
Kudinov was a great sportsman and one of the most successful Russian handball
players. He started his career at Dinamo Astrakhan (RUS), moved to France to
play for US Ivry HB and then to Germany where he played for VfL Hameln and SC
Magdeburg. After moving to Japan in 2001, he returned to Astrakhan in 2004. As
a club player, he won the Soviet Championship in 1990 with Astrakhan, the
French Championship in 1997 and the German Championship in 2001.
national team career is even more impressive. Already in 1989 he topped the
podium with USSR at the Men’s Junior World Championship in Spain. Then, at his
first Olympic Games, 1992 in Barcelona, he won gold with the Unified Team
(EUN), followed by the World Championship title with Russia in 1993. After
becoming 1996 European champion, he won another World Championship gold medal
at Japan 1997, was runner-up at the 1999 World Championship and could even
claim another Olympic gold at Sydney 2000 and Olympic bronze in 2004.
his career as a player came to an end, he continued as a coach in Astrakhan at
behalf of the International Handball Federation, IHF President Dr Hassan
Moustafa would like to convey his deepest condolences to Vasily Kudinov’s
family and friends and the Russian Handball Federation.