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Date: 2/13/2017

It 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.


Vasily 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.


His 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.


When his career as a player came to an end, he continued as a coach in Astrakhan at Zarya Kaspiya.


On 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.