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Date: 11/30/2017

Prominent handball referee, coach, educator, player and former Secretary General of the Handball Federation of Yugoslavia, Milan Valcic passed away in Belgrade on 28 November at the age of 82. Among many other notable achievements, Valcic was a referee at four Olympic Games – Munich 1972, Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984. He was subsequently named as one of the best handball referees in the world by the IHF’s World Handball Magazine in 1986.


As a primary school physical education teacher, Valcic brought many young players to handball, some of whom went on to win Olympic, World and European medals with Yugoslavia’s senior and junior national teams. He was one of the founders of the youth age league in Serbia, and was also a player for Belgrade alongside his younger brother Jovan.


In 1984, Valcic became Secretary General of the Handball Federation of Yugoslavia, holding that position for 14 years, during which period Yugoslavia recorded many of its historic Olympic and World Championship results with both the men’s and women’s teams.


“He was recognised and respected around the world. Handball, surely, was his life, to which he dedicated most of his time, in addition to his family (wife Zvezdan and two daughters, Anita and Alexander, were also actively involved in handball), to whom he was extremely devoted,” said the statement on the official Serbian Handball Federation website.


On behalf of the International Handball Federation, IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa would like to convey his deepest condolences to Valcic’s family and friends and the Serbian Handball Federation.