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A professional triathlete on Friday sued the national governing body for triathlon events in the United States for allegedly reducing the number of top athletes on the board of directors in violation of California law.

Jarrod Shoemaker filed the suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against USA Triathlon Inc., asking that its leadership be required to follow the California Corporations Code and return the number of athletes on the board to 25 percent instead of 20 percent.

USA Triathlon spokeswoman Lindsay Wyskowski could not be immediately reached.

According to the complaint, the bylaws were changed by vote earlier this year to reduce the number of athletes on the board to 20 percent, but “elite athletes” such as Shoemaker never had a chance to vote on the change.

The 32-year-old Shoemaker lives in Florida. He was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team and finished in 18th place in the triathlon.

Shoemaker also was the 2009 world champion in the duathlon and the 2010 and 2012 USA Elite National Champion in the triathlon.

City News Service

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