Jean-Paul Bulgaridhes became Knight of the Order of Legion of Honor for his services to French Sport and French Weightlifting in particular.
The long serving President of the French Federation, former IWF Executive Board Member received this high distinction of the President of the French Republic from the hands of Denis Masseglia, President of the French Olympic Committee.
Jean-Paul Bulgaridhes was Member of the Executive Board of the French Weightlifting Federation since 1972, Secretary General from 1976 until 1984 and President between 2001 and 2013. He organized four Weightlifting Championships: 1975 – 1st IWF Junior World Championships in Marseilles, 2005 – FISU World Championships in Villeneuve-Loubet, and in 2005 – Lilles and 2011 Paris the IWF World Championships.
The highest state award of France was presented to Jean-Paul Bulgaridhes at a Gala held on 24 January 2014, in the presence of over 600 delegates.
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