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IWF Honorary Vice President Chang Chao-kuo Receives Chinese Taipei’s Top Sports Award

The International Weightlifting Federation Honorary Vice President Chang Chao-kuo received Lifetime Achievement Award from Chinese Taipei’s Sports Administration on December 9 , 2022 for his over six decades of dedication to the sport.

Chang contributed to the globalization of the sport and the development of woman weightlifting when he served as 1st vice president of IWF. The life honorary president of the Chinese Taipei Weightlifting Association led weightlifters from Chinese Taipei to break records and won world medals including four gold medals, two silver and four bronze in the Olympic Games.

Weightlifting is his everlasting passion and the award marks his lifetime commitment to the sport. Chang said he and his family will continue dedicating to the development of weightlifting.

Chang was born in a remote area of Chinese Taipei’s western Yunlin county. He learned martial arts skills in his young days and managed to develop related business including the Ching Han Tan pharmaceutical products. The earnings benefit his supports for athletes and the contribution to the sport world of Chinese Taipei led to the lifetime achievement award. Dubbed as father of weightlifting sport in Chinese Taipei, Chang doesn’t only commit himself to enhancing skills of athletes but also cultivating their morals. Chang organized events to promote the family value of respecting parents and the spirit of gratitude and repayment in the society when he was head of Chinese Taipei’s sports federation.