Gheorghe Gruia was born on October 2, 1940, and died on December 9, 2015.
He was a Romanian handball player and world champion in handball.
Born in Bucharest, Gheorghe won the gold medal in the 1964 World Men’s Handball Championship and the 1970 World Men’s Handball Championship.
In 1972 Summer Olympics, Gheorghe won the bronze medal with the Romanian team, becoming at the same time the goalgetter of the tournament with 37 goals.
The International Handball Federation named him in 1992 “The Greatest Handball Player of All Times”.
Gheorghe resided in Mexico City, Mexico since 1978, where he worked as a coach and an official in this sport and is credited with popularizing this sport in the country.
Gheorghe Gruia passed away on December 9, 2015, in Mexico City following a heart attack.