Cristian Gațu

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Cristian Gațu
Cristian Gațu 1992.jpg
Gațu in 1992
Personal information
Born20 August 1945 (1945-08-20) (age 74)
Bucharest, Romania[1]
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
ClubRapid București (1963–64)
Știința București (1964–68)
Steaua Bucharest (1968–78)[2]
Polisportiva Follonica (1981–83)

Cristian Gaţu (born 20 August 1945) is a retired Romanian handball player. He earned 212 caps with the national team, winning the world title in 1970 and 1974 and medalling at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. After retiring from competitions he became a coach and sports official, appointed as Secretary of State for Youth and Sports in 1991–1993 and President of the Romanian Handball Federation in 1997–2014.[2][3]


Gaţu was born to a renown sports journalist Petre Gațu. In his early years he studied civil engineering in Bucharest and competed nationally in chess, association football and handball, eventually choosing handball for his career. With Steaua București, he won ten national titles and the 1977 European Cup. He retired after spending two seasons in Italy with Tuscany Follonica in the 1980s, both as a player and a coach. In 1983, he returned to Romania, where he first worked as an instructor of water sports, but later moved from coaching to administration. Between 1984 and 1991 he was vice president of Steaua București, and in 1991–1993 served as Secretary of State for Youth and Sports. In 1993–1997, he headed a military physical education faculty, in 1997–1998 was appointed as president of Steaua București, and in 1996–2002 served as vice president of the Romanian Olympic Committee. In parallel he headed the Romanian Handball Federation between 1997 and 2014. On 14 September 2007, he was promoted to the military rank of brigadier general.[2][3]



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