Honorary President of the Albanian Weightlifting Federation, Mr. Gudar Beqiraj has passed away on 11 May at the age of 72.
During his career in weightlifting, which he started in 1967 as a lifter in the national student team, he held various positions, including the Presidency of the Albanian Weightlifting Federation. From 1996 to 2000, he was the Vice President of the National Olympic Committee and up until 2003, he was the head of the Albanian delegations to the Olympic Games, World Championships, Mediterranean Games and European and Balkan Weightlifting Championships.
Mr Beqiraj undoubtedly contributed a lot not only to the Albanian weightlifting but to all the sport on an international level. In 2016, he received the IWF’s appreciation for his 50-year devoted service to weightlifting.
For his distinguished contribution to the Olympic Movement, he was awarded the Olympic Order, which is the highest appreciation issued by the International Olympic Committee.
The IWF and the weightlifting family extend their condolences to the Albanian Weightlifting Federation and to his family.