HOW TO HANDLE A PROTEST/APPEAL

An athlete has the right to appeal or protest a ruling. They may also protest things like the course and another competitor’s conduct. There are time limits and protocol to follow. Prior to race start, the Head Official must form a Competition Jury to handle protests and appeals. Refer to ITU Competition Rules Section 11.4.

For Triathlon Alberta events, the Competition Jury will consist of three persons selected from:

  • The Head Official who chairs the Competition Jury
  • Other suitable individuals who are deemed impartial, dispassionate and capable of understanding and interpreting the competition rules and who have no real or apparent conflict of interest, for example:
    • Level 2 or higher TO’s who are not involved in the incident;
    • Technical Delegate to the race;
    • Triathlon Alberta General Manager;
    • Present or former Triathlon Alberta Board of Director members;
    • Present or former members of the Triathlon Canada National Team;
    • On site medical personnel;
    • Staff of any timing company present;
    • Coaches (who’s athletes are not involved in or who’s athletes will not gain advantage by any decision); etc.

PROTESTS

Look to the ITU Competition Rulebook, Appendix B for Forms, and refer to Section 12. For types, deadlines and procedures.

A protest is a formal complaint against the eligibility or conduct of a fellow athlete or race official, equipment, timing and results or against conditions of the Competition.  Any protest must be accompanied by a cheque or cash of $50 CDN.

  • Concerning eligibility: before the athlete’s briefing.
  • Concerning safety of the course or it’s variance: within 24 hours of race start.
  • Concerning the Race: against another athlete or an Official: within 5 minutes of his/her finish time. If initiated within this time, an additional 15 minutes may be granted.
  • Concerning equipment: within 5 minutes of his/her finish time. If initiated within this time, an additional 15 minutes may be granted.
  • Concerning timing and results: must be delivered to the Head Official within thirty (30) minutes after the posting of the unofficial results. An athlete may protest the official results up until to the close of business 15 days after the competition, in writing, to the Triathlon Alberta Board of Directors.

Protest Procedures

See section 12.8 ITU Competition Rules


APPEALS

Look to the ITU Competition Rulebook, Appendix C for Forms.

An appeal must be filed and signed by the appellant under the conditions outlined in the ITU Competition Rules, and submitted to the Technical Delegate or Head Official. An appeal is a request for a review of a decision made by the Head Official) or the Competition Jury. At the race, the first level of appeal and will be heard by the Competition Jury. All appeals must be accompanied by a cheque or cash in the amount of $50.

 

An Appeal against a Head Referee’s decision must be filed within 5 minutes of the athlete’s finish time. This may be extended by 15 minutes in the appeal made by a team. The decision of the Competition Jury may be appealed to the Triathlon Alberta Board of Directors. The Triathlon Alberta General Manager must receive such an appeal within 15 days of the decision of the Competition Jury.

 

Appeal Procedures

See section 13.2 ITU Competition Rules