Posted by Editor on 07/31/06
CCA Rules to Suspend Danika Schroeter for Three Months
July 31, 2006 (Ottawa ON) - After reviewing the incident that took place during the podium ceremony at the National Mountain Bike Downhill Championships in Whistler, B.C., on July 22, Danika Schroeter's racing license will be suspended for three months.
Ms. Schroeter's actions were in violation of the following rules:
Article 1.2.079 - Conduct of participants in cycling races
All license holders shall at all times be properly dressed and behave correctly in all circumstances, even when not racing.
They shall refrain from any acts of violence, threats or insults or any other improper behavior or from putting other persons in danger. They may not in word, gesture, writing or otherwise harm the reputation or question the honour of other license holders, officials, sponsors, federations, the UCI or cycling in general. The right of criticism shall be exercised in a motivated and reasonable manner and with moderation.
Article 12.1.005 - Forms of infringement
Anyone subject to the UCI Regulations shall be suspended for a minimum of one month and a maximum of six months, who:
2. behaves in such a way as to blemish the image, the reputation or the interests of cycling or the UCI ...
The Canadian Cycling Association takes offences of this nature committed by its members very seriously. While athletes have the right to hold and express their opinions, they also have a duty to express them in a manner appropriate to sport and to Canadian society.
Ms. Schroeter has until August 11 to appeal her suspension to the CCA. If she chooses not to appeal, the suspension will come into effect on the following day and will last until October 12. In the event of an appeal, the CCA will rule on the appeal by August 14. During the period of her suspension Ms. Schroeter will not be permitted to participate in any sanctioned cycling activity.
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