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Ryszard Jedliński is dead. Condolences from all over Poland


Ryszard Jedliński, 151-time representative of Poland in handball, bronze medalist of the 1982 World Championships, has died. He died at the age of 70 after a long illness. Wisła Płock, among others, expressed condolences to the family and loved ones.

Ryszard Jedliński was a handball player and played as a pivot. He played 151 times for the Polish national team, with which he won the bronze medal at the World Championships in 1982. Two years earlier, he played at the Olympic Games in Moscow, where the Poles took seventh place.

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Ryszard Jedliński, medalist of the World Handball Championship, has died. “Sad news”

On Monday, it was announced that Jedliński had died. “On the night of September 17-18, at the age of 70, Ryszard Jedliński, one of the best footballers in the history of the Płock handball team, died after a long illness,” we read on the official website of Wisła Płock, for which Jedliński played in the years 1966-1972. “A man who made great contributions to Płock and Polish handball has passed away and will remain in the fans’ memories forever,” it was added.

The Polish Handball Association also reacted to the sad news. “On behalf of the handball community, Henryk Szczepański, the President of the Handball Association in Poland, expresses his condolences to the family and relatives,” it said.

Kamil Bortniczuk, Minister of Sport and Tourism, did the same. “I received sad news from Płock. Mr. Ryszard Jedliński, the legend of Wisła Płock, participant of the Olympic Games, medalist of the World Championships, has died. A few weeks ago, I had the honor to personally meet Mr. Ryszard Jedliński and talk to him about the history of Polish handball. A great figure has passed away Polish handball. May he rest in peace. Deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” we read.

Andrzej Nowakowski, the mayor of Płock, also expressed his condolences. “Ryszard Jedliński was a great handball enthusiast, an outstanding player, a handball coach and a teacher, who until the end of his days actively participated in the sports life of the Płock youth teams of Orlen Wisła Płock, SMS ZPRP Płock, Jutrzenki Płock. He was an icon of Płock handball and an ambassador of this beautiful sports discipline in the country and Europe, always present in the stands. Full of smile, good spirit and positive energy – this is how he will remain in our memory. Our condolences to his family, relatives and friends,” he wrote.

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Who was the deceased Ryszard Jedliński?

Ryszard Jedliński was born on September 9, 1953 in Płock. He started his career in Wisła, then played in AZS Warszawa (1972-1980), Warszawianka (1980-1982), and the German VFL Fredenbeck (1982-1983). In addition to the bronze at the World Championships, with the Polish national team, he won silver at the World Cup (Sweden 1979) and bronze at the Youth Friendship Competition (1972) and the Academic World Championships (1975, 1977). After finishing his career, he worked as a coach in Poland and Germany. He was awarded the ZPRP Diamond Badge (1993).


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