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Charles Mifsud’s Award

William Chetcuti (clay shooter) continued to enrich his already-impressive array of honours yesterday when he was named as the only Maltese sports personality to receive the Platinum Award in the eighth Maltese Olympic Committee Sports Awards.

The presentations night, held at the Excelsior Hotel, was attended by various distinguished personalities including Parliamentary Secretary for Sport Clyde Puli, Giancarlo Antognoni, the former Italy midfielder who won the World Cup for the Azzurri in 1982, and delegates from the Commonwealth Games. They are currently here to accompany the Queen’s Baton which is touring the island as part of the trans-continental relay ahead of next year’s Games in Delhi.

Hall of Fame

There were six new Hall of Fame inductees as well. Among them
Charles Mifsud, the founder of the Malta Weightlifting Federation and an inspiration to the sport in Malta.

Charles Mifsud was founder of the Malta Weightlifting Federation and President for 25 years. Took up weightlifting at the age of 12 years in Australia. In 1963 he won the gold medal in the Senior Australian championships in New South Wales and between 1962 and 1970, took part in the Australian championships, finishing runner up in 1968, 1969 and 1970. Between 1962 and 1990, he represented Malta as an athlete and a coach in the Commonwealth Games. In 1975 he founded Olympic weightlifting in Malta. In 1983 he was voted as Official of the Year and finished runner up in 1990 and in third place in 2004. In 1981, 1990 and 1995 Mifsud organised the European tournament for Small Nations, in 1990 the European Junior championships and in 2003 the Commonwealth championships. Category One referee between 1980-2003.