USA Triathlon's board of directors rule unanimously

Updated: June 13, 2005, 8:15 PM ET
Associated Press

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Triathlon said Monday that it will no longer sanction events owned by the World Triathlon Corp. and Ironman North America, citing safety and fairness concerns.

USA Triathlon's board of directors voted unanimously in favor of the decision, which means WTC and INM events will no longer be used for national ranking points or be counted toward national and world championships.

The decision was made after the WTC indicated a desire to create a world rule book that would include real-time penalties for age-group racers. USA Triathlon's rules call for penalties to be implemented after the race and only after a senior race referee has reviewed the infraction.

USA Triathlon officials said the exception would prevent athletes from getting due process and create dangerous situations on the course.

"We believe our rules provide the safest races and the fairest competition," Skip Gilbert, USA Triathlon's executive director said in a statement."The WTC's new rules would not meet USAT's strict requirements for safety. We cannot insure races that do not follow those parameters."

USA Triathlon is the national governing body for triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon. The organization sanctions 1,500 races each year and has 58,000 members.

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