Moscow, 13 February 2021 (MTI/TASS)
Yuri Vlasov (Soviet Union) Olympic weightlifting champion of the Rome Olympic Games in 1960 passed away at the age of 85. TASS reported on his passing on Saturday.
Based on a report of the Russian Federation Vlasov had a surgery one year ago, but he made full recovery and in the last months he was healthy.
After he won at the Olympics in Rome, he also competed in the Tokyo Games in 1964 where he won Silver in the heavyweight category. Next to his Olympic medals he won four World Championships titles, six European Championships titles and broke thirty-one world records.
He was also a flag bearer of the Soviet Union at both the Rome and Tokyo Games. After he retired from weightlifting, he became the president of his National Federation between 1985-1987.
Next to his sporting career he was also engaged in literary and political activities, was elected to the legislature, and ran for the office in the Russian presidential elections in 1996.
The IWF and the weightlifting family sends the most heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.