“It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Janusz Gortat, the outstanding Polish boxer. Born on November 5, 1948, two-time Olympic bronze medalist (Munich 1972, Montreal 1976) and silver medalist at the European Championships. “In 1973. He dominated the ring for years, winning A total of six individual Polish champion titles and six times with the team with Legia Warsaw,” the Polish Boxing Federation bid farewell to the legend.
Recalling the great boxer who fought 317 fights throughout his career (272 wins, seven draws, 38 losses), the Intria journalist spoke to Krzysztof Kossidowski, Gortat’s close friend, the bronze medalist at the Moscow Olympics (featherweight) in 1980.
There is a saying that you should never speak ill of the dead, or better not at all. But this is not true. There are people who were evil in their lives and the best thing you can do is to say after the departure of such a person, may the earth rest in peace with him. But Yannick? Sir: If I put in a hundred or two hundred of his friends and three hundred of his neighbours, no one would ask: “Perhaps he once looked at me very badly?” He was a gentleman from morning to evening, and walking culture—the affected Mr. Krzysztof was overwhelmed with praise, and several times unable to conceal his great feelings at the irreparable loss. “He was a god to me,” he declared.
The excellent boxer was the father of the former boxer and currently a valuable referee in this sport – Robert Gortat, as well as the famous basketball player, former NBA player – Marcin Gortat.
The two sons paid tribute to their father on social media, on the X website.
“Today my father passed away after a long illness. And now he will be on the other side… the better side.”
~Robert Gortat wrote, adding a black and white souvenir photo
In turn, Marcin Gortat posted a series of accidental reactions. He reacted to Ligeia’s message with symbols, just as he had done with his brother’s entry. Elsewhere, he thanked for the condolences, thanked for the beautiful photo, and pointed eloquently to a particular post that said: “I also don’t have a good relationship with my father and haven’t spoken to him for many years.” When he was hospitalized a few weeks ago, I didn’t speak to him. I had the courage to visit him, and I cried like crazy in the privacy of my room because I love him, even though we don’t talk. Condolences and stay strong.
In response, the former basketball player wrote: “Because life has to teach us” – marking the entry with two signs indicating sadness.
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