【IRONMAN铁人小教室】接受帮助也会违规? Get a penalty for accepting help from outside assistance?
The valuable spirit of triathlon is that athletes try their best to complete the competition on their own and seek their own breakthroughs. Outside assistance including family support alongside and nutrition not associated with the event will be resulted in disqualification. Therefore, take note of the rules below so as to avoid receiving an unexpected penalty:
- Assistance provided by Race Referees or Race Officials (including official Event volunteers) is allowed but such assistance is limited to: providing drinks, nutrition, mechanical and medical assistance, and other necessary assistance (as may be approved by the Event Director or Head Referee).
- Athletes competing in the same Race may assist each other with incidental items such as, but not restricted to: nutrition and drinks after an aid station, pumps, tires, inner tubes, and puncture repair kits;
- Athletes may not provide any item of equipment to an athlete competing in the same Race if it results in the donor athlete being unable to continue with his/her own Race. Such equipment includes but is not restricted to: shoes, complete bicycle, frame, wheels, and helmet. The penalty for this will be disqualification of both athletes; and
- Unless otherwise pre-approved by the Event Director or Head Referee, no athlete shall intentionally cause the physical forward progress of another athlete on any part of the course during the Race. The penalty for this will be disqualification.
It is grateful to give a hand when your fellow competitor is in need but we should be careful that it may lead to disqualification for both of you. Instead of helping others unconditionally, we should evaluate our ability and the situation at that moment!