Kalevi Tuominen is confirmed dead at the age of 92.
Kalevi was best known as a Finnish Hall of Fame basketball player (Tampereen Pyrintö).
Death was likely due to coach (.
Kalevi Tuominen
Personal information
Born(1927-08-09)9 August 1927
Vesilahti, Finland
Died23 January 2020(2020-01-23) (aged 92)
Helsinki, Finland
Listed height5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Career history
As player:
1952–1963Tampereen Pyrintö
As coach:
1956Finland (women)
1959–1960Finland (women)
1960–1964Tampereen Pyrintö
Career highlights and awards
As player:
Kalevi Vilho Tapio ”Kallu” Tuominen (9 August 1927 – 23 January 2020) was a Finnish basketball coach and player and sports executive, who also played handball and football at the national top-tier level as well as practiced many other sports. He worked as the overall head coach of Finnish Olympic Committee between 1969–1992. In basketball, the 174-centimetre-tall (5 ft 9 in) Jantunen played his whole SM-sarja career for Tampereen Pyrintö and also coached the team between 1960–1964. He was capped 11 times as a player and was a long-time head coach of Finland men's national team in its peak era. During Tuominen's coaching years 1955–1969 Finland qualified for 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo (the only Finnish ball game team still in 2016 that has advanced to Olympics through qualification), where it placed 11th, and played in seven EuroBaskets (1955 , 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965 and 1967). In EuroBasket 1967 arranged in Finland, the host team placed sixth, which is still in 2016 Finland's best position in EuroBasket. Finland women's national basketball team placed 11th with Tuominen's guidance in EuroBasket 1956 Women. He worked also as a FIBA-licensed referee. Tuominen was inducted to Finnish Basketball Hall of Fame as one of its first members in 2009. Pyrintö has retired Tuominen's jersey but allows players to use his number 15.
Tuominen died after a long illness at Suursuo Hospital in Helsinki on 23 January 2020, aged 92.
1 Trophies, awards and achievements
1.1 Basketball (player)
1.2 Basketball (coach)
2 Sources
2.1 References
Trophies, awards and achievements
Inducted in Finnish Basketball Hall of Fame
Jersey #15 retired by Tampereen Pyrintö
Basketball (player)
10th place in EuroBasket 1955
SM-sarja silver medal in 1958
Basketball (coach)
Finland national team
1964 Summer Olympics (11th)
six EuroBaskets, 6th place in 1967
Finland women's national team
11th in EuroBasket 1956 Women
"Kalevi Tuominen". Finnish Basketball Association. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
"National Team Statistics". Finnish Basketball Association. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
"Kalevi Tuominen profile". archive.fiba.com. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
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