Alexander Borisovich Kozhukhov
|Full name||Alexander Borisovich Kozhukhov|
|Date of birth||3 June 1942|
|Place of birth||Shubarkuduk, Aktobe Province, Kazakh SSR, USSR|
|Date of death||4 September 2008(aged 66)|
|Place of death||Moscow, Russia|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Alexander "Sasha" Borisovich Kozhukhov (Russian: Александр Борисович Кожухов) (3 June 1942 – 4 September 2008) was "The USSR Merited Master of Sports", "The Merited Coach of the USSR national handball team", and the "USSR Merited Figure of Physical Culture". He was a Russian, Soviet handball player, who became president of the USSR Handball Federation (1990–1992) and a president for the Handball Union of Russia (1992–2004) before being the Honorary President of the Handball Union of Russia (2004–2008).
Life and career
Sasha was born in Shubarkuduk village of Aktobe Province of modern Kazakhstan. He started playing handball at the age of fifteen. He started his handball career in 1957 as an amateur player, then he was invited to join Avangard L'vov a second division handball team in the USSR Hanball Championship.
Sasha stayed eleven years in L'vov city of modern Ukraine playing for Avangard L'vov and SKA L'vov before he moved to MIA Moscow in 1968 where he started a successful career, winning the USSR Handball Championship for five times.
In 1967 Sasha was called up for the national team when he made his first appearance during the Military Spartakiad of the Friendly Armies of the Socialist Countries and a third place finish for the USSR. He also participated in the 1970 World Men's Handball Championship in France, finishing ninth, coming third in group stage after Sweden and East Germany before defeating France (25:14), Iceland (19:15) and finally Japan (28:12) in the Placement Round.
Sasha retired in 1977 and became the head coach for the USSR handball national team after being capped for 20 times for his home country and scoring 30 goals.
Sasha remained as the USSR handball national team head coach until 1992 even after he was elected by the Congress of the Handball Union of the USSR to be the president of the Union until the dissolution of the USSR. In 1992 the second conference of the Handball Union of Russia was held in Volgograd, and Sasha was elected the first president of the Handball Union of the independat Russian Federation following Vladimir Maksimov the president of the Handball Union of RSFSR. In 1993 Sasha became a member of the Executive Committee of the Russian Olympic Committee, till he finally became the Honorary President of the Handball Union of Russia in 2004.
Kozhukhov died in 2008, mourned by the whole worldwide handball family after he had served handball for a long time with his experience and expertise. Following a successful career as a player and a coach on the national and international handball stage.
On the worldwide range, Alexander Kozhukhov was not less successful, he became a member of the IHF Commission of Organizing and Competitions in 1980 until 2004 when he was elected as the president of the same committee, before being elected by the IHF Congress to become a member of the IHF Council and of the IHF Executive Committee.
- Champions of the USSR Handball Championship: 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1975
- Runner-Up of the USSR Handball Championship: 1969, 1973, 1976, 1977
- Champion of the Trade Unions Spartakiade in 1969
- Bronze medal of the Military Spartakiade of Friendly Armies of Socialist Countries in 1967
- Medal "For Distinguished Labour" (Russian: За трудовое отличие)
- Medal "For Labour Valour" (Russian: За трудовую доблесть)
- Order of the Badge of Honor (Russian: Орден "Знак Почета")
- Order of Honour (Russian: Орден "Почета")
- Order For Merit to the Fatherland (4th Class) (Russian: Орден "За заслуги перед Отечеством" - 4 степени)
- "Honorary President of the Handball Union of Russia". HUR. Retrieved 2008-12-12.