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IWF WELCOMES NEW SPORT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Evelin Gondos as its new Sport Development Manager. With an academic and professional background in Leadership, Management and International Relations, Evelin will work closely with the five Continental Federations, Member Federations, and external stakeholders to ensure the IWF’s operational activities align with objectives set out by the IWF Executive Board. A fluent English and Spanish speaker, Evelin brings experience from her previous role with FITEQ, where she served as continental development manager for the sport of Teqball in the Pan-American region. Antonio Urso, IWF Secretary-General said: “I am very happy to welcome Evelin to our staff. Her background and experience in building relationships internationally, and across a wide range of stakeholders, will be extremely valuable as we seek to implement the new priorities of the Executive Board throughout our worldwide

Antonio Urso, Secretary General of the IWF was awarded the highest honor conferred by CONI “the Golden Collar”

Antonio Urso, Secretary General of the IWF was awarded the highest honor conferred by CONI "the Golden Collar"He received the Golden Collar from the President of Coni Giovanni Malagò. The Ceremony took place at the Monumental Gym of the Foro Italico University of sport, in the presence of the highest Italian sporting leaders.The event was attended by the Minister for Sport and Youth, Andrea Abodi, the President of CONI, Giovanni Malagò and the President of the Italian Paralympic Committee, Luca Pancalli.CONI President Giovanni Malagò IOC Member underlined in his opening speech: "Never has Italy won so many titles in history, thanks to technical athletes and sports federations that contribute to increasing the value of Italian sport"A very special day therefore for the IWF Secretary General and FIPE President Antonio Urso who receives, in his already rich and vast palmares of awards and merits at national and international level, a recognition of such high and prestige that celebrates his tireless commitment, dedication and the results achieved both within the Italian Federation and in the international arena as well as in sport in general.Antonio Urso said: ”Today was a special day for me and for weightlifting. In Italy it is the first time that a gold collar has been recognized to a President of weightlifting and if I then think that just a few days ago the same recognition was given to the President of the IOC, I remain even more particularly grateful to the Italian Olympic Committee and to the its President Giovanni Malago for having valued all the great work done in these past years"Also on this occasion, as has already happened in previous years, in addition to the world champions of the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, the male and female athletes who boasted the world title in 2022 are awarded the prestigious award.Among the personalities awarded together with the IWF Secretary General Antonio Urso, the following received the recognition: Stefano Domenicali, President and managing director of the Formula One Group, the Federal Presidents Luciano Rossi, Ugo Claudio Matteoli and the world president of sports doctors, Fabio

In Memoriam Pekka Kare 1931–2022

Mr. Pekka Kare, the Honorary President of Finnish Weightlifting Federation, passed away in Siuntio, Finland,  after a short illness on November 8, 2022. He was born in Perojoki in the Viaborg municipality on April 14, 1931, and was 91 years old at the time of his death. War was present in Pekka’s early years. In the beginning of the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union in December 1939, when the Soviet Union bombed Viaborg, Pekka’s mother took Pekka and his two siblings away from the area. The father served in the Finnish army driving a fuel truck. After the war the family settled down in Valkeakoski in Finland where Pekka was active in founding a local weightlifting club. He moved to Helsinki to study law and in the early 1960s he became an attorney of law. Pekka’s younger brother Tauno Kare was one of the best weightlifters in Finland as he competed for Finland in over forty national competitions. As the little brother succeeded as a lifter, Pekka built his career as a sports official in leadership positions. When Pekka became the President of Finnish Weightlifting Federation, he told that he would follow in the footsteps of Mr. Bruno Nyberg, the Finn who was President of the International Weightlifting Federation in the 1950s. Mr. Nyberg had valued international work beyond political borders both nationally and internationally. Mr. Pekka Kare was elected into the IWF Executive Board in 1968. The next year he was a part of the delegation in Poland which founded the European Weightlifting Federation. Pekka served on the IWF Executive Board in 1968-1974 and again in the 1990s and he was a member of the European Weightlifting Federation Executive Board since it was founded in 1969 until 2003. At the Mexico City Olympic Games in 1968 Mr. Pekka Kare was the Team Leader of the Finnish weightlifting team. In these Games Mr. Kaarlo Kangasniemi became the first Finnish Olympic Champion and consequently the best ever Finnish weightlifter. Four years later Mr. Kare was elected as the Team Leader of the Finnish Olympic Team in München Olympic Games 1972. In those Games Finland had a full weightlifting team with a lifter in each bodyweight category - the only time it has ever happened at the Olympic Games. At the national level Pekka’s greatest acheivement was to secure the 1998 IWF World Championships to Lahti, Finland. He was the President of the Finnish Weightlifting Federation in 1967-1974 and 1980-1992, after which he was nominated the Honorary President of the Finnish Weightlifting Federation. Pekka was elected as Vice President to the Finnish Olympic Committee as well as the national sports organization (SVUL) which governed over all sports in Finland. Professionally Pekka worked at the CEO of Kvartto Inc., a printing house. Pekka’s memoirs were published only a half a year before his death. He will be missed by his children, grandchildren and relatives as well as a large circle of friends. They will miss Pekka as a reliable friend and a lover of poems and singing. Text by Kalle Virtapohja, a friend of Pekka and the writer of his memoirs.Translation by Karoliina

Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly

CANOC XX General Assembly took place on 4th and 5th November 2022 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Delegates elected new president and Executive Board for a four year term until 2026. Brian Lewis former President of CANOC is followed now by Keith Joseph from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Earlier this year at the 2022 Caribbean Games in Guadeloupe seven sports were in the Games programme. Currently three sports, among them weightlifting is seeking admission to the next Caribbean Games to be held in 2025. The bidding for hosting the Games in 2025 has been extended until end of March 2023. In conjunction with the General Assembly CANOC organized a workshop where weightlifting had a presentation by Pan American Weightlifting Federation President, José Quinones and Barbados Amateur Weightlifting Association President, Andrew Callender. The two gentlemen introduced weightlifting, the Caribbean Members and the Caribbean Program of 2021, in which the Pan American Weightlifting Federation donated equipment to six Caribbean nations. As a part of the Caribbean Development Programme initiated by the Pan American Weightlifting Federation and supported by the International Weightlifting Federation, in 2022 Barbados Amateur Weightlifting Association and Weightlifting Canada will jointly host a technical & coaching course in Barbados from 21 through 27 November 2022. Weightlifting coaches from the Caribbean region can attend and the main objective of the course is to develop the sport of weightlifting in the countries of the English-speaking Caribbean. For 2023 several regional events are

LIST OF ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES FOR IWF ATHLETES’ COMMISSION PUBLISHED

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), via its appointed independent Eligibility Determination Panel, has today published the list of eligible candidates for the first IWF Athletes’ Commission elections. In total, 17 candidates representing all continents and genders will go forward to the elections, which will take place at the 2022 IWF World Championships in Bogotá, Colombia from 5-16 December 2022. It will be the first time that elections have been held for the IWF Athletes’ Commission and reflects the federation’s commitment to ensuring a strong athlete voice is represented. The IWF received 25 applications, of which three have been declared ineligible according to the Athletes’ Commission Electoral Rules and the IWF Constitution. A further six candidacies have been deemed provisionally ineligible due to non-compliance with the candidate nomination process. These candidates will be granted the right to be heard until Monday, 7 November 2022. An update on their status will be published on 9 November. Following the elections, the IWF will break new ground in athlete representation by having three athletes on the IWF Executive Board and also having three athletes as full voting members of the IWF Congress. IWF General Secretary Antonio Urso said: “It’s encouraging to see such interest and diversity among the candidates – and I thank them all for their commitment to contribute to the future of our sport. These elections represent an important milestone in our efforts to develop a truly athlete-centred culture across the IWF. I would also like to acknowledge the members of the Eligibility Determination Panel for their rigorous and important work ensuring the process is delivered to the highest levels of integrity, in line with the good governance principles set out in our new constitution.” IWF Athletes’ Commission Chair Forrester Osei added: “On behalf of the current Athletes’ Commission, I would like to congratulate all the nominated athletes and thank them for helping drive our sport forward with athletes at its heart. We are excited to hear the candidates’ ideas to help build on our work strengthening the athlete voice within the IWF. We are working diligently to support a successful election and we wish all the candidates the best of luck.” The Report of the Eligibility Determination Panel can be accessed