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Jack Hughes, one of the sport’s oldest enthusiasts passes away

Jack Hughes (USA) passed away at the age of 96. National Champion in 1953, Jack Hughes was also very successful in powerlifting, and as a master lifter.
However, he will be most remembered in our sport as a referee. He served our sport at countless national and international events over several decades. His integrity and conscience became legendary.
A humble servant of the sport of weightlifting, even after stopping to be an active Technical Official, he was unable to live without the sport and attended every single Olympic Games, save the last one, and World Championships, active and eager to help still well into his nineties.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Hughes lived in Los Angeles and had planned to watch the 2017 IWF World Championships in Anaheim, California later this year.
Sadly enough, that will never happen. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

The IWF expresses its deepest condolences to Mr. Jack Hughes’ family.

Source: USA Weightlifting