Former sportscaster Cristian Ţopescu has died in hospital on Tuesday. Aged 81, he had been admitted to Elias Hospital a week ago. He was suffering of several chronic affections, including diabetes.
Topescu worked as a sports reporter, sportscaster, sports editor-in-chief and deputy general manager at TVR public TV broadcaster during 1964-2004.
He had also a senator mandate, following general elections of November 2008.
In March last year, President Klaus Iohannis awarded Cristian Topescu with the Star of Romania Order.
Born in March 1937 in Bucharest, Cristian Topescu has commented numerous sports competitions, six editions of the summer Olympic Games, four winter Olympic Games, overall he had more than 5,000 live transmissions from various sports contests. He has become famous for commenting the fabulous performance of our national gymnastics icon Nadia Comaneci during the Montreal Olympiad in 1976. He also commented as sportscaster the special performances of the Romanian men handball team, which grabbed the world titles in 1970 and 1974.
He was also very loved by the public for his live transmissions during football matches before and after the 1989 Revolution.
In 1983 he was banned to be sportscaster at the public television and was suspended indefinitely for his comments during the football match Romania-Sweden, that brought a victory to the Romanian football team. Romanian former political police, Securitate, accused him that, through his remarks and comments, he would have urged young football players to leave Romania.