Private Joseph Chirlee, a soldier in the US Army, is doing his country proud. The Kenyan-born naturalized US citizen is also one of the world's best marathon runners. Soldier athletes have a long history of competing for our country, but regretably Joseph is being prevented from running in competition. International rules bar him from competing internationally for two years from naturalizing. That shouldn't bar him from competing in US-only competitions, but as was pointed out in today's NY Times, officials are preventing him from competing. A quick glance at the USA Track & Field governing manual seems to prohibit national origin discrimination and one wonders if there might be constitutional issues with discriminating against a citizen on the basis of how and when his citizenship was acquired.

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