Dear friends of powerlifting,
It is with a sad heart that we notify you on the passing of Mr. Jose “Pepe” Puentes this past weekend.
Mr. Puentes served our sport and the IPF with distinction for nearly 50 years. He established and was the first president of the Argentina Powerlifting Federation. Jose also served as the IPF Vice-President from 1995 to 2003, representing South America and was elected several times as the President of the Federation of South American Powerlifting (FE.SU.PO).
Mr. Puentes was an IPF Category I Referee for well over 30 years, and directed the 2000 IPF Women’s World Powerlifting Championship in Buenos Aires. On behalf of the entire IPF Executive, we send our sincere condolences to Mr. Puentes’s family and friends and to the athletes of the Argentina Federation.
It was my pleasure to work with him at the World Open Championships during 2019 in Dubai.
We shall miss Pepe. Please remember him. Rest in Peace.
International Powerlifting Federation