Mariusz Jędra has been elected as the successor of Szymon Kołecki as the chairman of Polish Weightlifting Federation for a term of four years.
Mariusz Jędra has been elected as the successor of Szymon Kołecki as the chairman of Polish Weightlifting Federation for a term of four years. The election took place during 21st Domestic Delegates’ Convention. Previously Jędra was vice-chairman of PWF, responsible for organizational tasks.
There was three candidates for the chairman’s position: Jędra, former national representative and 1997 World Championships' silver medalist in the heavyweight class, Zygmunt Smalcerz – 1972 Olympic Champion in 52 kg category and triple World Champion, and Zygmunt Wasiela, who had been previously the chairman of PWF during two terms (until 2012).
In the first ballot, Jędra and Wasiela have received respectively 35 votes. Smalcerz, with 16 votes, has been dropped out. In the second ballot Jędra gained 53 votes, Wasiela 33. Szymon Kołecki, previous PWF chairman, and representatives of the Ministry of Sport and Polish Olympic Committee had congratulated Jędra on winning the election. Mariusz Jędra promised to make significant changes to PWF, especially to recreate a positive image of Polish weightlifting after some doping problems. He wants to cooperate with the Ministry of Sport and Polish Olympic Committee. As a regular of Polish Armed Forces, he counts on collaboration with Ministry of National Defence on helping regulars-weightlifters in their careers. One of his most important task is to improve cooperation with the International Weightlifting Federation and the European Weightlifting Federation.
Polish Weightlifting Federation has a 91-year tradition, but only in 1956 Tadeusz Kochanowski has been recognized as the first chairman. After his term, Janusz Przedpełski was elected in 1959. He was the chairman of PWF for 47 years (1959-2006), a phenomenon. Later, IWF has been led by Zygmunt Wasiela (2006-2012) and Szymon Kołecki (2012-2016). Kołecki has resigned on 16th August 2016 and for the time to the election, Halina Pikuła, PWF secretary general, was the acting chairman. Now, since 17th December 2016.
Mariusz Jędra is the new chief of Polish weightlifting! He is the fifth person in that role.
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