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Weightlifting Hit by Immigration Ban

Weightlifting doesn't get much media attention. Of course, as soon as it goes away, then it makes the news!

The CEO of Weightlifting USA, the branch of the US Olympic Committee that covers weightlifting, was the bearer of bad news on NPR.

Norbert Schemansky 1964 Weightlifting Nationals Poster AAU USA
Norbert Schemansky 1964 Weightlifting Nationals Poster AAU y.

It turns out that the executive order with the immigration and refugee ban, signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, January 27, 2016, will have an impact on the sport of weightlifting and every other Olympic sport. The ban prohibits travel from Iran to the U.S. for the next 90 days from the date of signing.

As if that weren't bad enough, six other countries are also included, the Iranian government is taking reciprocal actions that have not been spelled out yet, but they would be "proportionate legal, consular and political action and ... will take reciprocal measures in order to safeguard the rights of its citizens until the time of the removal of the insulting restrictions of the government of the United States against Iranian nationals."

If you would like to read more about the ban, check out this and related articles from the Sentinel-Tribune newspaper.

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