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Pan American Weightlifting Federation Electoral Congress

The Pan American Weightlifting Federation held its Electoral Congress on 22 February 2020 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

All 28 Member Federations from the Continent participated. Luis Mejia Oviedo, President of Dominican Olympic Committee and IOC member greeted the delegates in the presence of Ivan Dibos, IOC member from Peru.

IWF was represented by Mohammed Jalood, General Secretary, Intarat Yodbangtoey, 1st Vice President, Nicu Vlad, Vice President, Attila Adamfi, Director General and Timea Horvath, Development and Education Manager.

The new PAWF Executive Board:

José Quiñones (PER) – President
William Peña (COL) – General Secretary
Gustavo Malgor (ARG) – 1st Vice President
Luis Seijas (VEN) – Vice President
Andres Vargas (PUR) – Vice President
Phil Andrews (USA) – Treasurer
Nadia Alvarado (MEX) – Member
Luis Zambrano (ECU) – Member
Henry Phillips (PAN) – Member

Technical Committee
Joe Triolo (USA)
Maritza Ortiz (DOM)
Jose Enrique Alarcon (ECU)

Medical Committee
Dr Mark Lavallee (USA)
Dr Roxanna Vargas (DOM)
Dr Ricardo Guerra (CUB)

Coaching & Research Committee
Kyle Pierce (USA)
Carlos Cuervo (CUB)
*Run-off to be held between Maria Isabel Urrutia (COL) and David Montero (BRA) in the coming Congress.

The new Executive Board held its first meeting on the same day where they appointed the following Co-opted Members:
Andrew Callender (BAR) – to represent the interest of the Caribbean
Juan Carlos Aburto (CHI) – representative of the host of the next Pan American Games
Osmar Urbieta (PAR) – representative of the host of the next South American Games

The EB appointed Phil Andrews (USA) as Director General.

Among the urgent improvement of the Federation, with a view to addressing governance, the EB created the following Commissions seeking one member from each region of the Continent:
– Governance Review
– Equality
– Member Federation Governance Support

IWF congratulates to all elected officials and wishes them a prosperous and successful work.