USA Triathlon's board of directors rule unanimously

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

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.