Yossef Romano was born April 15, 1940 in Bengazi, Libya, one of eleven children. He made aliyah to Israel with his family in 1946 when he was six years old. Yossef worked as an interior decorator. He and his wife Ilana had three daughters: Oshrat, Rachel, and Schlomit. Yossef was Israel's weightlifting champion in the middleweight division for 10 years. He represented his team Hapoel Tel Aviv and the national team in national and international competitions. During the last years of his life, Yossef coached and ran the weightlifting team of Hapoel Tel Aviv. At the 1972 Munich Olympics, muscle damage in one leg prevented Yossef from finishing the competition. He was due to return home to his family in Israel on September 6 for an operation. The 1972 Olympic Games was the peak of Yossef Romano's sports career.