Promoting world peace used to be the noble cause.

At the White House petition site:

We petition the Obama Administration to:

Abolish USA Weightlifting’s addendum to the IWF Technical Rules that makes ‘spiking a barbell’ illegal in weightlifting.

As the competitors and fans of weightlifting, we want to recapture the right to express ourselves in the sport with pure, true emotion. This includes celebrating victories and accomplishments by slamming, spiking and/or lowering the barbell with momentum after a successful lift in competition.

Neither the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) nor the International Olympic Committee have any such rule addressing the topic. They embrace the growth and passion of the sport. However, USA Weightlifting (USAW) has currently added an addendum to the IWF Technical Rules banning bar spiking or any added momentum to the barbell during competition.

We want this addendum abolished, so that we may compete without fear of being ejected by an addendum that only exists in USA. Let us celebrate!

Created: Apr 11, 2014

Issues: Arts and Humanities, Civil Rights and Liberties, Regulatory Reform

Signatures needed by May 11, 2014 to reach goal of 100,000 99,823

Total signatures on this petition 177

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Think about this for a minute. Only a minute. Evidently, “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance”. I’m waiting for the civil rights petition on smooth versus chunky peanut butter.