Relay Track Team DQ'ed For Pointing Finger Toward Sky

By Emma Koch

Relay Track Team DQ'ed For Pointing Finger Toward Sky

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM EST

TEXAS (www.incnow.tv) -- A track team from Columbus High School was disqualified after the anchor of the relay team crossed the finish line and pointed his finger to the sky.

According to the University Interscholastic League, UIL, which enforces rules for high school athletics, the gesture is classified as “unsporting conduct”. The rule states that no celebratory gestures, including raising yoru arms, is allowed. There is no rule prohibiting religious expression and the UIL points out that athletes can do what ever they deem necessary or fitting when outside the competition area. But inside the competition area, there are restrictions.

The team has just wont the 4 x 100 relay at the regional meet and was headed to the state championships, but now will not be allowed to compete.




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