VICTORIA—Triathlon Canada would like to extend its full support behind the ITU Arbitration Tribunal’s decision following an investigation into the actions of Ms. Julie Miller while representing Canada at the 2014 World Championships in China.
The ITU Arbitration Tribunal has ruled:
Ø Ms. Miller violated Article 2.1 of the ITU Competition Rules and is sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years (24 months) in all ITU competitions and all competitions sanctioned by National Federations affiliated with ITU, starting from 1 November 2015.
Ø The title of World Champion obtained by Ms. Miller on 21 September 2014 in Weihai (China) is revoked.
Ø Ms. Miller is condemned to a fine amounting USD $1’000.
Ø Ms. Miller is condemned to bear and to pay to ITU the procedural costs amounting USD $2’000.
Ø All other motions or requests for relief are dismissed.
In November 2015, Triathlon Canada’s Disciplinary Committee had previously issued a two year ban that prevented Ms. Miller from competing in any race sanctioned by Triathlon Canada, and its members beginning November 1, 2015. The ban also includes competing for Team Canada in events outside of the country.
“Triathlon Canada takes great pride in building a winning program from the grassroots to elite levels in all distances of our wonderful sport, while respecting the rules of fair play,” said Tim Wilson, chief executive officer, Triathlon Canada. “We have strong policies against athlete misconduct, and are in full support of the ITU’s decisions with regards to this unfortunate series of events we take very seriously as they relate to Ms. Miller.”
Earlier this year, Triathlon Canada’s Disciplinary Committee had also determined that Ms. Miller’s Triathlon Canada Award of Excellence be rescinded, and her name be removed from all National Championship race results from 2013 to present.