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Date: 9/14/2018

The International Handball Federation and the whole handball family mourn the passing of Peter Kretzschmar, former world champion player and coach, who has died at the age of 85.


Born in Leipzig, Germany, Kretzschmar played from 1954-1963 for SC Locomotive Leipzig, participating in both indoor (Olympic) and field handball world championships. In 1958 he won bronze in the second world indoor championship and finished fourth with the German Democratic Republic (GDR) three years later, in 1961, but he eventually won handball gold in the 1963 field handball world championship in Switzerland, with his team beating the Federal Republic of Germany.


His coaching career saw him oversee the womens team of SC Leipzig, leading the club to numerous national and international titles, including 10 championships. As national coach for the GDR he won the womens world championships in 1975 and 1978, Olympic silver in 1976 and bronze four years later and it was during this period in the 1970s that his two children, his famous handball-playing son Stefan along with daughter Katharina, were born.


Peter Kretzschmar was one of the greats of handball both as an active and as a coach. He has shaped the women's handball of the 70s and 80s and led numerous players to a world class level. Our sympathy goes to the family, said Andreas Michelmann, President of the German Handball Federation on their website.


On behalf of the International Handball Federation, IHF President Dr Hassan Moustafa would like to convey his deepest condolences to the family and friends of Peter Kretzschmar and the German Handball Federation.