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IWF Congratulates Newly Elected General Secretary Antonio Urso

June 30, 2022 – Lausanne, Switzerland

Following the second round of voting (online) for the position of General Secretary, Mr. Antonio Urso of Italy has been elected as the new IWF General Secretary.

In a very close race, with 127 valid votes cast, Mr. Urso was elected with 64 votes while Mr. Jose Quinones received 63 votes. In following the IWF Constitution, Mr. Urso received the most votes and thus has been declared the winner.

The IWF would like to congratulate Mr. Urso on his election and we are sure that he will make a positive impact on the sport at a crucial time in its history. The IWF would like to thank both Mr. Quinones and Mr Urso for their commitment to the sport of weightlifting with such a close run election proving there is much interest in the sport.

IWF President, Mohammed Jalood commented, “I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Antonio Urso. His extensive years of experience combined with this passion for weightlifting will be a great asset for the IWF in the years ahead. I am looking forward to working with him and my new Executive Board in the years ahead – we have a lot to do but I am confident that with this new team we will bring the IWF to an exciting new level.”

Newly elected General Secretary, Antonio Urso said, “What an exciting day it has been. I cannot begin to express my thanks to the IWF family for their confidence. I am looking forward to getting to work with our new President and the entire Executive Board. This is a new era for the IWF and for weightlifting!”

The online vote was supervised by the Electoral Commission and the Electoral Manager using the LUMI Global system. The completion of this vote brings the 2022 IWF Electoral Congress to a close.