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The Purpose of Rules

By USA Triathlon | March 02, 2014, 4:31 p.m. (ET)

Why Have Rules?
Rules are great for keeping competition safe and fair. As stated in section 1.2 in the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules:

1.2 Purpose. These rules are designed to set forth a standard set of parameters within which athletes can participate in triathlons and compete in a positive atmosphere of equal opportunity. These rules are intended:

a. to promote and maintain sportsmanship, equal opportunity and fair play;
b. to encourage and reward individual performance and initiative;
c. to protect the health, safety, and well being of participants;
d. to promote the integrity of sport and triathlon as a positive cultural force in modern day society; and
e. to foster the foregoing ideals through the establishment and enforcement of punitive rules.

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