USA Powerlifting’s Response to Recent Podcast

You may have a seen a recent podcast that was discussed at great length by many. What you need to know is that many of the comments made were not based on fact. Further, no officials of USA Powerlifting were interviewed in an attempt to get any additional pertinent information.

Three points:
1. Team coaches do not select the National Teams. Athletes qualify by virtue of their performance at particular meets. If they qualify given their performance they must be deemed eligible.
2. Those athletes who qualified and were not selected did not receive an invitation to compete on the National Team as they were ineligible. The specific reasons differed depending on the athlete involved.
3. USA Powerlifting has procedures for selecting teams for international competition, and managing them in competition. These procedures were followed.