Over the years, you ahve been extremely strict enforcing rules - everything from feet touching the bar to pressouts. Yet, this morning at the 2019 Pan American Master's Championships, I was shocked to learn that American athletes who forgot to bring their passport were allowed to lift with only a driver's license as proof of nationality.
This is unacceptable for 1 reason only:
A DRIVER'S LICENSE DOES NOT ESTABLISH ONE'S NATIONALITY. A foreign National with a Visa or greencard can legally obtain a US driver's license.
In other words, a person can fraudulently compete for the United States by showing a driver's license of a state of which they simply are a resident.
Secondly, this is an International Master's competition. All athletes were literally at least 34.4 years of age to lift in this competition. This is not Youth Nationals. An adult should be able to follow directions. No exceptions, such as "they didn't know", should be made for such a critical rule.
Again, you cannot establish a lifter's ability to compete for the United States on a Driver's license!!! Not every state even is "Real ID" compliant with Federal law.
In conclusion, any athlete that could not establish their nationality before competing should be disqualified.
If we can't enforce this most fundamental rule, then why even check that people are even registering for the right age class, why enforce press out rules, why enforce costume rules... Establishing one's ID and national eligibility to compete for a country should be way more important than whether someone's foot grazed the bar.
Peace and Love,