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Károly Vass

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKároly•Vass
Used nameKároly•Vass
Born14 June 1944 in Šahy (SVK)
Died6 September 2021
Measurements194 cm / 110 kg
AffiliationsElektromos SE, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


Károly Vass started his handball career in 1960 as a player with XV. kerületi Vasas. For 19 years, between 1963-82, he was associated with Elektromos team, and with them won the Hungarian championship three successive times 1969-71, and the Hungarian Cup three times in 1976, 1980-81. His younger brother Sándor was also on the team with him at that time. Between 1971-82, Károly played 115 times and scored 306 goals for the Hungarian national team. He participated at two Olympics, finishing eighth in 1972, and sixth four years later. At the World Championships, Vass finished seventh in 1974 and ninth in 1982. In 1974 he was the Handball Player of the Year in Hungary.

After completing his playing career at the age of 43, he worked as a coach and then as a sports manager, becoming president of Elektromos in 1989, continuing to work for them until 2002. Between 1993 and 2004, he was the vice-president of the Hungarian Handball Association, vice-president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, and president of the National Association of Sports Associations.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Handball HUN Károly Vass
Handball, Men (Olympic) Hungary 8
1976 Summer Olympics Handball HUN Károly Vass
Handball, Men (Olympic) Hungary 6

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