Antoni Karwacki passed away on Sunday (October 24). He was the president of the PZHT, he was also active in the Polish Olympic Committee. He was 89 years old.
Antoni Karwacki will be remembered by the field hockey community, primarily as the president of PZHT. He held this position for 10 years – from May 5, 1978 to November 18, 1988. It was a great time for Polish field hockey – the Polish men’s team played twice at the World Championships – in Mumbai and London, and both our teams – men and women – performed at the Olympics in Moscow. At the Olympics in Russia, Karwacki was the manager of both teams.
He was also a member, deputy chairman and chairman of the Audit Committee of the Polish Olympic Committee in the years 1981-1992. He researched the history of hockey – he was the author or co-author of numerous works on hockey. Together with Andrzej Kuczyński, they wrote the famous book “80 years of the Polish Grass Hockey Association”.
In 1999, he became the honorary president of the Polish Grass Hockey Association and it was in this role that he appeared in the hockey arenas in recent years. He was also awarded for his activities in favor of field hockey by the FIH (International Grass Hockey Federation) and the IOC (International Olympic Committee). He was associated with our discipline until the last days of his life.
– I will remember Mr. Antoni in superlatives, but not only me. It is a real authority in the community. He was committed to our discipline and knowledgeable about it. He is also well assessed for his work as the president of PZHT. Undoubtedly, he is an extraordinary figure for Polish field hockey – says the president of PZHT Rafał Grotowski .
Antoni Karwacki was born on May 9 in Ostrów Wielkopolski. At the age of 19, he came to Poznań. He graduated in law from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and postgraduate studies at the University of Economics in Poznań and ATR in Bydgoszcz. He was an economic activist, head of municipal enterprises in Poznań, director of the Post and Telecommunications District in 1975-1991.
Funeral ceremonies will take place on November 2 (Tuesday) at 12.00 at the Miłostowo Cemetery from ul. Warszawska.
We express our sympathy to the family and loved ones. We join in pain.