USA Weightlifting Statement on Presidential Executive order

By Kevin Farley | March 06, 2017, 1:12 p.m. (ET)

President Donald Trump Monday signed a revised executive regarding immigrants and foreign nationals entering the United States. Under the order, visa processing will be suspended for 90 days for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan Syria, and Yemen.

Press inquiries can be directed to USA Weightlifting Director of Communications Kevin Farley at kevin.farley@usaweightlifting.org


Quote attributable to USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews:

“Sport is universal in its ability to unite the world under the banners of peace and inclusion. The global Weightlifting community is tight-knit and we, as a community, celebrate our ability to meet and compete with athletes from around the globe.

USA Weightlifting maintains our position that politics and sport be separate. We continue to work with our partners at the United States Olympic Committee to determine what impact this action may have beyond the initial 90-day travel restriction. As hosts of the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships, the United States hopes to welcome athletes from around the world--including those from the six countries mentioned in today’s U.S. Government action."