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                   AMENDMENT TO PROPOSAL TO AMEND BYLAWS
                          USOC ATHLETE DEFINITION


Add the following definitions to Article 1, Section 101.2:

         Athletes Congress shall be comprised of all Elite Athletes (as defined in
         below). Athlete delegates elected by LWC’s to serve on the Board of Governors
         who do not satisfy the definition of Elite Athlete may attend meetings of the
         Athletes Congress, but shall not be entitled to vote.


         Elite Athlete. An individual shall be considered an Elite Athlete if he/she has
         either (i) within the ten (10) years preceding election, represented the United
         States in the sport of weightlifting in the Olympic or Pan American Games, or
         an Operation Gold event, or a world Championship recognized by the IWF for
         which a competitive selection process was administered by the USAW; of (ii)
         within the twenty-four (24) months before election, demonstrated the he/she is
         actively engaged in amateur athletic competition by finishing in the top half of
         USAW’s national championships or team selection competition for the
         Olympic Games, Pan American Games or an event or discipline which is
         regularly included in the international competition program of the IWF; or
         (iii) represented the United States in weightlifting at the Paralympic Games, or
         an International Paralympic Committee-recognized Weightlifting World
         Championship; provided, however, that an individual shall not qualify for
         membership as an Elite Athlete if he/she satisfies the definition set forth above
         by virtue of competition in one or more events that categorize entrants in
         classification commonly known as “Junior”, “Masters,” “Seniors,”
         “Veterans” or other similarly designated age restricted competition. All Elite
         Athlete members shall be members of the Athletes Congress.

Delete the following definitions from Article 1, Section 101.2:

         Athlete Representative on Selected National Level Committees.
         Athlete representation on national level committees that approve or implement
         programs related of expenditure of USOC provided funds and selection of
         international, Olympic and pan Am team members will be athletes who have
         represented the United Stares in international competition within the past ten
         years or who have qualified for the National Championships:

         Athlete Representative Other Than on Selected National Level
         Committees. A USAW member who is selected by the Athlete Congress.


Revise Article 2, Section 102.1 (8) as Follows:
         8)    Individual Members. Any person who pays registration dues to the
         Federation in any specific membership category or categories, such as athlete
         (including Elite Athletes), administrator, coach, or official.

Revise Article 3, Section 103.1 as follows:

         103.1 Annual Meetings. There shall be an Annual General Meeting or the
         Board of Governors for election of members of the Board of Directors, for
         receiving the annual reports of committees, and for the transaction of such
         other business as may come before it. There shall be such other meetings of the
         Board of Governors as my be called pursuant to Section 103.4 below. There
         shall also be an annual meeting of the Athletes Congress for election of
         additional Elite Athlete delegates to the Board of Governors, Elite Athlete
         members of the Board of Directors, Elite Athletes representatives to those
         committees to which the Athletes Congress is to appoint Elite Athletes (as
         described below), and the Elite Athlete representative to the U.S. Amateur
         Weightlifting Foundation Board of Directors, and for the transaction of
         such other business as may come before it. Athletes representatives of the
         LWCS referred to as the Athletes’ Congress. Such meeting will be scheduled
         to take place prior to the Annual General Meeting. Notice of the Annual
         General Meeting, signed by the Executive Director of the Federation, shall be
         mailed to the last recorded address of each LWC officer or Delegate member at
         least thirty (30) day and not more than (90) days before the time appointed for
         the meeting. All notices of meeting shall set forth the place, date, time and
         purposes of the meeting.

Add new Article 3, Section 103.2, Subsection 6 as follows:

         6) Once the number of delegates to the Board of governors appointed or
         elected by the members as provided in subsection(1) through (5) has been
         determined, the Athletes Congress shall be entitled to elect from among its
         Elite Athlete members that number of additional delegates (which shall be
         calculated by the Executive Director) necessary so that Elite Athletes
         (including those athlete delegates elected by LWCs who meet the definition
         of Elite Athlete) equal 20% of the total delegates to the Board of Governors.
         No such election shall be necessary if sufficient Elite Athletes representation
         is achieved under subsection(1).

Revise Article 3, Section 103.3 as follows:

         Voting. At any meeting duly called and held, a majority of the votes cast at
         such meeting upon a given question by the delegates and athletes
         representatives entitled to vote thereon who are present in person shall decide
         such question. There shall be no voting by proxy. A quorum is established at
         ten (10) percent of delegates duly appointed by respective LWC members
         entitled to appoint them in accordance with Article 103.2. Athlete
         representation must constitute at least 20% of the quorum. In the event that
         Elite Athletes represent lass than 20% of the quorum, then the votes of the
         Elite Athletes shall be weighted so that they equal 20% of the quorum.

Revise Article 4, Section 104.1 as follows:

         104.1 Number. The business, activities and affairs of the Federation shall be
         managed and controlled by its Board of directors, consisting initially of a the
         president, the first and second vice president, the treasurer and eight (8) and
         eleven (11) other members of whom at least three shall be individuals who are
         actively engaged in weightlifting competition or who have represented the
         United States in international weightlifting competition with the ten (10) years
         preceding the date of their election (“active athlete member”). The active
         athlete members. Three (3) members of the Board of Directors shall be
         elected by and from the athlete representative of each LWC and Class A
         members. One of the three athlete representatives the Athletes Congress from
         among the Elite Athletes for terms of four year. One of the Elite Athletes
         shall also be the elected USOC athlete representative. Athlete representation
         shall constitute at least 20% of the membership of the Board of Directors. The
         five (5) remaining Board of Director members (referred to as At-Large
         Directors), other than the active athlete members, shall be elected by and from
         the members of the Board of Governors in the Olympic years to serve for a
         term of four years and until the election and qualification of their respective
         successors who take office following the conclusion of the Olympic Games
         following the election. At-Large Directors shall be elected by a plurality vote.
         In the case of election for At-Large Director, each properly credentialed
         delegate shall vote for five candidates; any ballot with less than five votes
         will be disallowed and will not be counted. The five candidates receiving the
         highest number of votes will be elected. The nominees for election to Board of
         Directors must be United States citizen, and shall be selected without regard to
         national origin, race, color, religion or sex.

Revise Article 4, Section 104.3 (1) as follows

         Technical Committee. … there will be active athlete Elite Athlete
         representation of at least 20% on the committee with such representatives
         being elected by the Athletes Congress (in this case, two individuals)…

Revise Article 4, Section 104.3 (2) as follows

         Coaches Committee. ... There will be active athlete Elite Athlete
         representation of at least 20% on the committee with such representatives
         being elected by the Athletes Congress (in this case, two individuals)…

Revise Article 4, Section 104.(3) as follows
         Managers Committee. … The committee will consist of four elected people
         plus a chairperson appointed by the president, for a total of five including 20%
         athlete representation (in this case one individual). The three members elected
         by the Board of Governors, the chairperson appointed by the president, and
         one Elite Athlete representative elected by the Athletes Congress. …

Delete Article 4, Section 104.5 in its entirety and replace it with the following:

         104.5 Administrative Committees. The following are the types of committees
         of the Board of Directors for whom the Board of Directors has oversight
         responsibility:

                          Rules & Legislation Committee Managers Committee
                          Coaches Committee             Women’s Committee
                          Technical Committee           Medical Committee
                          Sports science Committee

         At least 20% of the members of the Coaches Committee, Technical
         Committee and Managers Committee shall be Elite Athletes elected by the
         Athletes Congress.

         In addition to the committees listed above, the President may from time to
         time appoint ad-hoc committees to deal with specific issues. The President
         shall ensure that at least 20% of each ad-hoc committee, the Rules &
         Legislation Committee, the Sports Science Committee, the Women’s
         Committee and Medical Committee are each composed of individuals who
         have either (i) within the ten (10) years preceding appointment, represented
         the United States in the sport of weightlifting in the Olympic or Pan
         American Games (if weightlifting is included), or an Operation Gold event,
         or a World Championship recognized by the IWF for which a competitive
         selection process was administered by the USAW; of (ii) within the twenty-
         four (24) months before appointment, demonstrated that they are actively
         engaged in elite amateur athletic competition; or (iii) represented the United
         States in weightlifting at the Paralympic Games, or an International
         Paralympic Committee-recognized Weightlifting World Championship;
         provided, however, that an individual shall not qualify for appointment to the
         committee if he/she satisfies the definition set forth above by virtue of
         competition in one or more events that categorize entrants in classifications
         commonly known as “Masters,” “Seniors,” “Veterans” or other similarly
         designated age restricted competition.

         In the event that Board of Directors chooses to delegate authority to an
         Executive Committee, the Executive Committee shall consist of the president,
         first vice president, second vice president, treasurer, and one Elite Athlete
         member of the Board of Directors (as designated by the Athletes Congress).
Revise Article 4, Section 104.8(1) as follows:

         Election of Officers. The officers of the Board of Directors shall be elected,
         except for the Secretary, prior to any other members of the Board of Directors
         in the following order: President;, First Vice President, Second Vice President,
         treasurer. Officers shall be elected by a majority vote of the board of
         Governors. In the event that more than two candidates for an office are
         nominated, and no candidate receives a majority vote in a round of voting,
         the candidate with the fewest number of votes will be dropped from the ballot
         an another round of voting will be conducted among the remaining
         candidates. This process will be repeated until there are only two candidates
         remaining on the ballot.

Add New Section 104.11 as follows:

         U.S. Amateur Weightlifting Foundation. One member of the Board of
         Directors of the U.S. Amateur Weightlifting Foundation appointed by USAW
         shall be an Elite Athlete elected by the Athletes Congress.

Revise Article 4, Section 104.3(1) as follows

         Technical Committee. … There will be active athlete Elite Athlete
         representation of at least 20% on the committee with such representatives
         being elected by the Athletes Congress (in this case, two individuals)…

Revise Article 4, Section 104.3(2) as follows

         Coaches Committee. … There will consist of active athlete Elite Athlete
         representation of at least 20% on the committee with such representatives
         being elected by the Athletes Congress (in this case, two individuals)…

Revise Article 4, Section 104.3(3) as follows

         Managers Committee. … The committee will consist of four elected people
         plus a chairperson appointed by the president, for a total of five including 20%
         athlete representation (in this case one individual). The three members elected
         by the board of governors, the chairperson appointed by the president, and
         one Elite Athlete representative elected by the Athletes Congress. …

Delete Article 4, Section 104.5 in its entirety and replace it with the following:

         104.5 Administrative Committees. The following are the types of committees
         of the board of Directors for whom the Board of Directors has oversight
         responsibility:
               Rules & Legislation Committee Managers Committee
               Coaches Committee             Women’s Committee
              Technical Committee            Medical Committee
              Sports science Committee

At least 20% of the members of the Coaches Committee, Technical
Committee and Managers Committee shall be Elite Athletes elected by the
Athletes Congress.

In addition to the committees listed above, the President may from time to
time appoint as-hoc committees to deal with specific issues. The President
shall ensure that at least 20% of each ad-hoc committee, the Rules &
Legislation Committee, the Sports Science Committee, the Women’s
Committee and Medical Committee are each composed of individuals who
have either (i) within the ten (10) years preceding.

				
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