The ITU has reached its final decision regarding Julie Miller‘s controversial age-group win at the 2014 ITU World Championships in Weihai, China.
According to Triathlon Canada, the ITU Arbitration Tribunal has ruled that Miller violated Article 2.1 of the ITU Competition Rules “and is sanctioned with a period of ineligibility of two years in all ITU competitions and all competitions sanctioned by National Federations affiliated with the ITU, starting November 1 , 2015.” In addition, Miller’s world champion title, obtained in Weihai in September, 2014, is also revoked. She has been fined $1,000 USD and “is condemned to bear and to pay to the ITU the procedural costs amounting $2,000 USD.”
“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.”
Miller’s name gained attention in the triathlon world after she was disqualified from Ironman Canada in 2015 after officials ruled she cut the course to obtain an age-group win in the 40 to 44 category.