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To the Presidents of the IWF Affiliated
National Weightlifting Federations

Dear Presidents, Dear Ladies and Gentlemen and Colleagues,


Following the wonderful and very successful Beijing Olympic Games we have to look at the future and therefore I would like to inform you of the following three important things:


  1. As we have previously informed you in 2009 the IWF will hold its Electoral Congress. Therefore I would like to kindly ask you to consider your candidates for the IWF official functions. The detailed information (forms, application, etc.) regarding the Congress will be sent to you in October 2008. Please make sure that you comply with the application deadlines!
  2. The IWF Constitution & Rules modification Congress will take place at the same time as the Electoral Congress in Madrid, Spain at the end of March beginning of April 2009. The exact date and details will be sent in October 2008 and I kindly ask you to ensure your participation on this important event.
  3. With regard to the new Olympic cycle, please note that the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Senior Weightlifting Championships will all be Qualification Events to the 2012 Olympic Games.
  4. You may order the refereelicence stamp(s) for 2009-2012 for their international referees from the IWF Secretariat
    Referee Licence Cat. 1 – US$200
    Referee Licence Cat. 2 – US$100
    Any new referee card (whether Cat. 2 or Cat. 1) costs US$200 – including the licence.

I hope to see you in Madrid next year!

Yours sincerely,


Dr. Tamás Aján
IWF President
IOC Member