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May 7, 2020: The 2020 edition of an in-person Masters Camp in Colorado Springs will not be held. Please click here to view online Masters Camp offerings.


April 23, 2020: The National Youth Championships have been rescheduled until December. The American Open Series 2 has been canceled with registrations transferring to the American Open Series 3 in September in Las Vegas. The 2020 World Masters Championships have been canceled. USA will host in Orlando in 2022. 


April 1, 2020: USAW Donor to cover memberships of medical professionals


March 25, 2020: The 2020 National Championships have been postponed until December.


March 23, 2020: April's International Weightlifting Day 2020 has been canceled for in-person events. We'll be interfacing with members and USAW clubs on how to use the date to continue promoting the sport we love. 


March 19, 2020: The 2020 Pan American Championships in Santo Domingo, DOM have been canceled. 


March 17, 2020: CEO Phil Andrews has an update on our operations, and new pathways to compete during the COVID-19 crisis. Click HERE to read the message. 


March 16, 2020: Due to guidance from the Centers for the Disease Control & Prevention and the city and state of New York, we regrettably have to cancel the Golden Gala which was scheduled for April 14, 2020. Further details are forthcoming. 


March 13, 2020: National Masters Championships has been postponed until later this year. Click HERE for more details.


USA Weightlifting Statement on Covid 19 / Coronavirus regarding Upcoming Events as of March 9


USA Weightlifting, in consultation with the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society and relevant literature, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee's (USOPC) Infectious Disease Working Group reports, have taken the following position as of March 9, 2020.


The upcoming USA Weightlifting events in Lombard IL (National Championship), Orlando FL (National Masters Championship), New York City NY (Golden Gala) and Winston Salem NC (American Open Series 2 and National Youth Championships), as well as Elite Camp (Colorado Springs CO) are going ahead as scheduled at this time.Of course, we will be monitoring the status reports by local, regional, state officials and the CDC as per their recommendations in each of these domestic events, and USAW reserves the right to alter plans accordingly

USA Weightlifting has begun to liaise with local authorities in each of our forthcoming locations.

While the 2020 IWF World Junior Championships is cancelled, Team USA’s participation in the IberoAmerican Championship in Cali, Colombia and Pan American Championship in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic are at this time unaffected.Of course, we will be monitoring the status reports by the state department, and the CDC as per their recommendations in each of these international events, and USAW reserves the right to alter plans accordingly.


While cancellation remains a possibility, USA Weightlifting will only cancel these events as an absolute last resort upon the advice or instruction of local or state authorities or on the advice of our USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society. Before cancellation, USA Weightlifting will explore the options of events behind closed doors or any other option that is agreeable to medical advice and state/local authorities.


With respect to local events, USA Weightlifting respects the right of local meet directors and LWCs to make decisions regarding events they are holding. Given the average size of local meets, there does not appear to be any reason to cancel events at this time. However, local meet directors are advised to liaise closely with their local and state authorities regarding that discussion. Local meet directors and coaching course hosts and instructors should click here for coronavirus guidance. 


In the event of cancellation of an international event, USA Weightlifting will:

  • Honor the ranking list for the event per the original selection procedures, beginning the invite process again, provided the event is organized by the end of the calendar year 2020.


In the event of cancellation or postponement of a National event, USA Weightlifting will:

  • Refunds will not be permitted on non-refundable registrations unless the event is completely cancelled (as oppose to restricted to registered participants only).
  • Registrations will be able to be transferred to another event at no cost.
  • USA Weightlifting will work to re-arrange the event as soon as possible.


USA Weightlifting already has a large multi-disciplinary team at both National and International Events, led by MD and DO-level doctors. These medical professionals will be on hand at our forthcoming events, as usual, and will be briefed fully by the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society before each event.


USA Weightlifting recommends taking the following precautions with respect to Covid-19 / Coronavirus, per the USA Weightlifting Sports Medicine Society:



Standard Precautions include the following:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Be mindful of food-related etiquette:
  • Wash your hands OFTEN with soap and water or hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds, especially:

Towels and Water Bottles:

  • Do not share towels, and be certain to handle your towels yourself.
  • Do not share water bottles.

Face masks:

  • CDC does NOT recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.


For All Ages:  Coping with the Natural Worries with Coronavirus:
Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus (with an additional Podcast about Coronavirus Anxiety):

Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety:  4 Ways to Cope:

CDC: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19:
For Families: 
Talking with Children About Coronavirus:


For coaching courses: USA Weightlifting will continue to hold coursing courses as scheduled. Participants who wish to postpone their participation in a course in which they have registered, can contact to have their course registration transferred without penalty. Should a course be canceled, our standard cancelation policy applies, where a registration refund or free registration transfer would be made available. 

For local meets: Should a meet director choose to postpone their event, they now have the option to transfer their sanction to a different date at no charge. Participants should speak with their local meet director for information about registration transfer or refund policies. 

For National Competitions: Nationals 2020 is still on for May in Lombard, Illinois, at this time. You can sign-up and compete in our online competition to qualify for the 2020 Nationals, Youth Nationals, American Open Series 2, American Open Series 3, Masters World or Masters Pan-Ams. Click HERE to learn more.