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Sport in mourning / One of the emblematic Albanian figures is separated from life, he could not defeat the serious illness
Written by SOT.COM.AL 18 Tetor 2020
Bitter news has come for the Albanian sports world. Athletics coach Vildan Tufi passed away today in Shkodra at the age of 75, as a result of a serious illness.
Vildan Tufi is one of the emblems of Albanian athletics with the team of Vllaznia and the Albanian national team.
He was born in Shkodra on April 14, 1945 and has dedicated his life to athletics. Many champions and record holders have emerged from his hands, but three of them in particular stand out, because they have been honored with the high title.
Professor Tufi has trained Vera Bregu, an athlete who has set records that have not yet been broken in the 6.53 meter long jump and the 13.51 meter triple jump. Participated in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA. Also, two-time Balkan champion and winner of many, many medals in international competitions.
After her, Arbana Xhani also trained, 20 years absolute champion in speed races, 100 and 200 meters as well as relays. She is also the winner of several medals in the international arena.
While the third big champion is Izmir Smajlaj with whom he even managed to be declared European Champion. He planned to achieve other successes with the athlete Erisa Rrasa and go to the Olympics again, but this time the plans remained half.