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Happy Birthday! Gottfried Schödl 85

Gottfried Schödl’s 85th birthday

Gottfried Schödl was President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) between 1972 and 2000. He ran the world of weightlifting for a record number of 28 years from the moment when press lift had been cancelled to the end of the 20th century.

Gottfried Schödl began his sports career as a skater then turned to Olympic weightlifting. He was an international category I referee since 1964 and served as the President of the Austrian Federation from 1969 to 1990.

Besides his success in managing the IWF, Gottfried Schödl is a distinguished journalist, sportswriter and one of the sport’s greatest historians and statisticians. His books and publications are all of historical value in the sport of Olympic weightlifting.

The Weightlifting Family wishes him good health on his his 85th birthday. Congratulations.