The sport suffers another major loss this week. This time it is the legendary Chilean basketball player Juan Ostoic Ostoic, who at the age of 89 ceased to exist as a result of a cardiac complication. His figure linked to the baskets, also became known because for years he was in charge of making the crossword puzzles in the newspaper La Tercera.
The history of Ostoic and the national sport is long. Living legend of the national sport. Iquiqueño, basketball player, center, was part of the adult team that finished third at the 1950 World Cup in Buenos Aires and participated in two Olympic Games: Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956. In 2017 he received his last award as Sport Hero of La Tercera
He began his journey as a basketmaker in the Chung Hwa club, belonging to the Chinese colony of the northern city. There he began to stand out and grow until becoming in 1948 the best national player in his position, at just 18 years old.
The face of a golden generation of this sport, also a very young age was recognized as an intellectual of the discipline. A scholar, who until his last days was immersed in manuals, books and Internet pages looking for what to learn about the sport that he is passionate about.
He developed that same ability to learn by teaching. He was an outstanding coach in both men's and women's teams and national teams. He also dabbled in TV as a basketball commentator.
For decades, already far the parquet, Ostoic moved through the corridors of the newspaper of La Tercera as the manager of the puzzles that are published daily in this medium. Juan Ostoic was Jota O and his signature appeared daily in the print edition. His love and interest in sports, especially basketball, never disappeared.