It is with greatest sadness that the International Fistball Association (IFA) has learnt that Helmut Koler, IFA Honorary Member in Italy, passed away at the age of 82.
Helmut Koler was as President of the Fistball department of the SSV Bozen, one of the leading figures of Fistball sports in Italy. He enjoyed playing Fistball since 1950, competing at national and international levels. Helmut absolved 9 matches for the national team of Italy during the first European Championship and the World Championship before he ended his sports carrier at the age of 35. Nevertheless he continued to play several Senior´s championships.
Joining the IFA in 1960 Helmut Koler represented Italy as founding member at the inaugural IFA Congress.
“Helmut Koler had a real passion for sport and spent his whole career promoting its values at the highest level of Fistball sport,” said IFA President Karl Weiss. “It was always a pleasure working with him over so many years. His good advice and contributions were greatly valued and his high integrity was hugely appreciated,” he added “Helmut Koler will be dearly missed”.
The IFA expresses its deepest sympathies to Helmut Koler’s family and friends.