The ex-national coach of handball, Juan de Dios Román, today announced during an interview with Radio Marca after the Sports Awards Gala that suffers from lung cancer.
"I'm in what's called the maintenance phase. During the first 6 months I spent the most complicated part. The tumor is controlled and what they are trying to do is not to spread, "Román explained during the interview.
Román was honored this Thursday with the Francisco Fernández Ochoa Prize for his career in handball. The ex-electioneer and also former president of the Spanish Federation claimed the role of their sport, who has achieved world titles, European and Olympic medals, and hoped that the result in the World Cup that begins precisely this Thursday in Germany and Denmark will help.
ðŸ~ Precious moment lived in the ceremony of delivery of the #PremiosNacionalesSport!
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– RFEBalonmano (@RFEBalonmano)
January 10, 2019
Born in Merida in 1942, Juan de Dios Román is a legend of Spanish handball. He was national coach for more than eight years in two different stages. The first between 1985 and 1988 and the second between 1995 and the year 2000. The first great successes of Spanish handball came under his command, with three European and two Olympic medals (bronzes in Atlanta 1996 and Sidney 2000).