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Dr Shimon Barak (ISR) died at 59

Dr Shimon Barak (ISR) died at 59

  • 10 Aug, 2013

It is with the deepest sorrow that we have to announce the premature death of Dr. Shimon Barak, Israel.

A former Olympian weightlifter and survivor of the 1972 Munich terrorist attack, Shimon Barak became the key player in Israel’s new era of weightlifting. He put life into the Israeli Weightlifting Federation and gave a new meaning to its activities by leading his country back to the International Weightlifting Community through affiliation with the European Federation.

His activities as a weightlifting lecturer, referee and official soon developed international scale and he was elected to the IWF Executive Board and in the Scientific and Research Committee from 1992 up to 2009. He chaired the IWF Medical Committee during two terms and served on the IWF Anti-Doping Hearing Panel on numerous occasions. He served as a Technical Official at Olympic Games, Youth Olympics, the Universiade and countless World Championships.

His accomplishments were plenty yet his oeuvre was far from being finished. He fought bravely for a year before at the incredibly young age of 59 years he finally lost the game against the cruel disease, cancer.

The IWF and EWF and the Weightlifting Family mourn his untimely departure and share the grief of his Family. Dr. Shimon Barak’s  dear memory will live with us forever.