6 December 2022

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Polish legend Tomasz Wójtowicz, back row attack specialist, dies

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This was a sad moment for volleyball as Tomasz Wójtowicz, an outstanding Polish former volleyball player, is dead.

The world and Olympic champion, as well as four-time vice-champion of Europe, struggled with pancreatic cancer in the last years of his life. More specifically, since February 2021, when he announced his illness.
He was 69 years old when he passed away, on 24th October.

He was a 325-time member of the Poland National Team, Honored Master of Sports, decorated with the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
And he was also one of the greatest sportsmen in the history of Poland.
There was no player like him in Poland before or later.
He worked with Argentine Julio Velasco, the creator of the super Italian team from the 90s.
For the great figures of Brazilian volleyball, he was a hero and an idol as he worked with the ‘Seleção’ too. But he worked also in Japan, where he was very much respected.

Tomas Wojtowicz as a player
When Poland won the FIVB World Championship in Mexico in 1974, and he was only 21 years old.
When he won the Olympic Games in Montreal in 1976, he was 23.
Although he was the youngest, he played as the first option in the attack.
And his attacks weren’t only from the side, but also from the back row, then an absolute novelty in the world volleyball!

Rest in peace, volleyball legend.

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