To: USA Track & Field
From: Track & Field Athletes Association
Subject: Request to Allow TFAA-Appointed Athlete Reps to Monitor Protest and Appeals Process at USATF Championship Competitions
The TFAA is requesting that going forward, at all major (senior) USATF Championship competitions, two athlete representatives, appointed by the TFAA, be allowed to sit in on all protest and appeal procedures at the competition. These athlete representatives would not be allowed to participate in or obstruct the review or decision-making process but rather be a silent observer, but with full access to all discussions, video review and written documentation. These athlete representatives would observe the process to ensure that proper protocol is followed, taking notes to document each action that occurs for future reference if necessary.
The intent and goal of this request is transparency, accountability and trust-building. The TFAA realizes that it is easy to throw around blame and opinions after a situation is over, and in the future would help assure actual and perceived integrity and confidence in the process for fans, coaches, agents and particularly for the athletes.
Petition to Allow TFAA-Appointed Athlete Reps to Monitor Protest and Appeals Process at USATF Championship Competitions
If you agree that there should be at least two (2) TFAA-appointed athlete representatives present during all protest and appeals procedures at major USATF championship competitions, please sign your name below.