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Re: Susumu Yoshida for IPF President
Posted By: Nectar Kirkiris In Response To: Re: Susumu Yoshida for IPF President (Jason " "deepsquatter" Burnell)
Date: Monday, 1 October 2007, at 8:55 a.m.
In Response To: Re: Susumu Yoshida for IPF President (Jason " "deepsquatter" Burnell)
Those are good questions and to really appreciate how much of a difference a man like Susumu can make in the IPF really requires one to have a good understanding of how some of the current IPF execs run things.
The first thing everyone should know about Susumu is that he is a Architect and runs his own architectural firm. More importantly, he is a man of sound financial means who derives the majority of his income outside of the sport. He runs also runs a small gym and sells powerlifting equipment. But in both of these cases, these are secondary businesses which his wife helps to run. Therefore, he is not seeking the IPF Presidency as a means for him to jet set across the world at the IPF's expense, which is better than I can say for some on the current IPF EC.
I would also say that a few key people on the IPF EC could make a tremedous amount of difference in the IPF in a very short amount of time. The majority of the IPF's problems are self inflicted. Good leadership that has the sports best interests in mind could quickly put a stop to much of the petty politics and descructive behaviors of the current IPF. For example, what would you say about an IPF EC member being flown out nearly month before a contest to "oversea" the planning of a world championship only to have the lifters stay in some shacks and tents in the middle of the woods during the championship? I would say that this is clearly a person who couldn't care less about the lifters.
On another forum, someone mentioned the issue of equipment. Although this debate is important, I think it is far smaller in the long term compared to getting the IPF healthy and moving in a positive direction.
The IPF desperately needs someone in the Presidency who respects the sport, respects its history and traditions, respects its rules and especially one who respects its lifters. Susumu is exactly the kind of person needed to lead the IPF at this time.
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