The revised constitution will now place ownership and power in the hands of the various clubs, Regional Associations and other stakeholders.

Ghana Weightlifting FederationA statement from the GWF said, the previous constitution gave lots of power and authority to the board and the few national team weightlifters.

The GWF has since sent a letter to the President of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Dr Tamás Aján seeking for approval of the amended constitution.

According to the letter signed my Mr. Hussein Addy, Secretary General, the current constitution does not allow for the growth and expansion plans of the GWF.

The letter said the current governing document concentrates too much power and authority in the hands of the President, the Board and the National Team Lifters.

He noted in the letter that the current constitution does not also give any legal backing to the new weightlifting clubs who will be the bedrock of the game in the country.

It explained that the new constitution will give the required recognition to other stakeholders such as the newly formed Coaches’ Association, Retired Lifters Association (RLA), Technical Officials Association (TOA), Educational Institutions, Security Services and the expatriate communities involved in the development of weightlifting.

The GWF is expected to hold its Annual Congress on February 9, 2016 during which the amended constitution is expected to be adopted by the delegates after IWF’s approval.

Source: GNA

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