It is with a deep sadness that we announce that Brig. Samir Hanna, General Secretary of the Weightlifting Federation of Africa passed away on 26th July from a heart attack. Twin brother of Gamil Hanna, Samir was born in 1935. A physiotherapist, he headed the Egyptian Armed Forces? physiotherapy departments from 1960 up to his retirement as a Brigadier in 1976.
In his rich career in sport, he was President, then chief coach of the Egyptian Weightlifting Federation, a regular lecturer, international referee and jury member in 5 Olympic Games and more than 25 World Championships.
Samir Hanna was a member of the IWF Technical Committee from 1984 to 2000.
He was founding member and General Secretary of WFA since 1984 until his death and 1st Vice President of the Arabic Federation from 1993 to 2005.
A longtime friend, a true weightlifter at heart and a devoted official, Samir Hanna will be missed by all.
Condolences offered to Egyptian weightlifting, his family and his brother.