COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (October 2, 2020) — USA Weightlifting today underscores its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion by taking further steps to ensure the organization is working in the best available ways to provide a welcoming, safe and equitable environment to any individual, anywhere in the United States who has a desire to participate in the sport of Weightlifting.
USA Weightlifting has engaged Prince Lobel Tye LLP of Boston, Massachusetts to investigate specific allegations and also to conduct a thorough evaluation of USA Weightlifting’s climate and recommend any potential improvements in the policies, procedures or climate of the organization.
Prince Lobel Tye LLP are experienced in such investigations in the sport, corporate and higher education sectors. The firm will present an independent report that will be made available, in its entirety, to the USA Weightlifting membership. While a preliminary report is anticipated by the end of 2020, the facts will dictate the length of the investigation.
The investigation will be led by Walter B. Prince, with assistance from his colleagues at the firm as well as additional outside investigation experts. Mr. Prince has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of color in Boston; he has extensive experience as an investigator and trial attorney. A full bio is available here: https://princelobel.com/people/walter-b-prince/
Individuals who would like to contribute any information whatsoever to the investigation are welcome to contact Mr. Prince directly by
In addition, and in common with other National Governing Bodies, USA Weightlifting has engaged sports inclusion expert Ashland Johnson of The Inclusion Playbook to conduct an audit of the organization’s approach to diversity, equity and inclusion. USA Weightlifting welcomes recommendations to ensure a world-class approach for every athlete, coach, official or member regardless of their background.