IWF Hall of Fame awardee Monico Puentevella. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

(UPDATED) SAMAHANG Weightlifting sa Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Hall of Fame on Saturday during the IWF Special and Electoral Congress held at the Albania Congress Convention Hall in Tirana, Albania.

Puentevella was recognized for his lifetime achievements in the sport. Under his presidency, the Philippines won its first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, Japan last year courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz.

"To God be the Glory. What more can I ask? When it rains, it pours. A gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics! And now to be installed into the IWF Hall of Fame. This recognition belongs to all our lifters, coaches, officials and my family. My only dream left is to win another gold medal in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Then I'm ready and done, Lord. Praise Thee. Mabuhay ang Pilipino," Puentevella told The Manila Times after receiving the award from Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Sam Coffa of Australia.
Puentevella was a former chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee and commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). He also served as congressman for three terms and mayor of Bacolod City.

The Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy, a national tournament for children 15 years old and above, is a brainchild of Puentevella when he was PSC commissioner.

Besides Diaz, the Batang Pinoy has produced 2022 Vietnam SEA Games double-gold medalist Vanessa Sarno of Bohol and Rose Jean Ramos of Zamboanga, who pocketed two gold medals at the IWF Youth World Championships last June 12 in Leon City, Mexico.



Date: June 27, 2022 | By: Jean Malanum | Newspaper: Manila Times | Source:  https://www.manilatimes.net/2022/06/27/sports/puentevella-inducted-into-iwf-hall-of-fame/1848755