independent tribunal hearing John Steffensen has
been deemed ineligible to compete in Australia and overseas for a
period of three months commencing November 17, 2010, as a result of
a breach of Athletics Australia’s by-laws.
Steffensen was found to be in breach of by-law 3.7.5, defined as having ‘committed any act or made any statement either verbally or in writing... which is considered by the IAAF or the Chief Executive Officer of the Company to be insulting or improper or likely to bring athletics into disrepute,’ for comments made throughout the 2010 Australian domestic season.
The decision was handed down by an independent panel consisting of Ian Hill QC (chairperson), Jim Barry (administrator) and barrister and former athlete Jason Pennell following a case hearing in Melbourne on Wednesday November 17, 2010.
Athletics Australia CEO Dallas O’Brien said he hoped the decision would bring closure for both parties with aspirations for a strong alliance moving forward.
“We accept the findings of the independent tribunal and look forward to seeing John run at the Australian Athletics Championships in April and hopefully in green and gold at the world championships and London Olympics.”
Steffensen will be eligible to compete in Australia again from February 16, 2011.
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