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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
World Triathlon Development Webinar Announced

The first edition of a new series of World Triathlon Development webinars will take place on Thursday May 28th at 4am Bermuda Time, with an in-depth look at recommendations for returning to training following the lockdown period in many parts of the world.

Australia’s two-time World Champion and World Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee Emma Carney and World Triathlon Coaching Facilitator and ASICS World Triathlon Team Coach Vicent Beltran of Spain will share their thoughts and advice on returning to training as lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted. There will be a maximum of 100 pre-registered participants for the Zoom-based webinar, and the event can also be followed as it happens on TriathlonLIVE.tv.

“The lockdown period has challenged individuals in many different ways,” said Beltran. “Some countries have applied stricter measures, others have been more flexible, but either way, this unexpected scenario has brought with it a new “normality”. It is vital for coaches and athletes to understand the performance side-effects that lockdown has caused and to focus on the individuals’ needs in training, aiming to meet those specifics as well as to be prepared for whatever comes next. With our first webinar, we want to provide further support and guidance for coaches and athletes as they begin the return to full training.”

To register for the Zoom webinar, Click Here and please follow the instructions
before midnight on May 27th. Participants also have until that time to submit any advance questions via development@triathlon.org.

You can watch along on TriathlonLIVE.tv Click Here

Friday, May 15, 2020
ITU Executive Board Reschedules Events to September 2020

The Executive Board of World Triathlon has met to discuss the most recent updates regarding events, the situation of the member National Federations and upcoming Congress, as well as following up on ongoing discussions over the future of the organization, including rebranding options and races resuming in the fall.

The Board approved new dates for two World Cups that were previously postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with Karlovy vary World Cup now taking place on September 12th-13th, 2020 and Chengdu World Cup the following week, on September 19th-20th, 2020.

This events will now be included in the World Triathlon calendar, as well as the WTS Hamburg and Mixed Relay World Championships, announced this week to take place on September 4th-5th, 2020.

These events will not be included in the Olympic qualification rankings. These events will not count for the Olympic qualification rankings or the World Triathlon rankings.

“We are conscious that the situation is different in almost every country, and we are working together with organizers, Continental Confederations, national Federations, athletes and coaches to try to resume activities and events as soon as it is feasible, so it is great to start seeing some events being added to the calendar after the summer”, said World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado. “We will continue working to ensure that we can provide our athletes and our members opportunities to race, always considering when is safe and fair to do so”, she expressed.

The Executive Board continued to work on the different proposals, schedules and options for the rebranding of the organization, and discussed the possibilities for the upcoming Congress and Elections, planned for November 2020, including the possibility of allowing a hybrid session, with members not able to travel because of the current situation being able to participate in Congress and Elections virtually.
Friday, May 08, 2020
Duffy, Hawley & Smith Triathlon Rankings

Tyler Smith-Flora Duffy-Erica Hawley
With the possibility of International and domestic sports looking to get back up and running in globally, www.islandstats.com today takes a look at the current Rankings in the sport of Triathlon.

Bermuda’s Flora Duffy is currently ranked 14th having competed in 3 events, with 3306.23 total points.

Katie Zaferes from the United States is the current leader with 6841.74 total points, while Great Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown is second with 6187.3 total points and Taylor Spivey from the United States is in third with 5574.76 points, all three have 6 events under their belt.

Duffy is ranked 27th in the ITU Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking and she is ranked 4th in the Continental Rankings.

Erica Hawley has a World Ranking of 210th, she is also has a ITU Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking of 123 and in the Continental Region she is ranked 46th.

Tyler Smith is ranked 281st in the World Ranking, he is also ranked 188th in the ITU Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking and he is ranked 67th in the Continental Region.
Friday, May 08, 2020
World Triathlon Board Opens Bidding Process For Events In 2021

The World Triathlon Executive Board, which met via teleconference, approved the commencement of the bidding process for the 2021 World Triathlon Series, World Cup and Paratriathlon events. The 2021 series will include events which award points scoring toward Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings, and will once again showcase iconic cities across the globe giving all athletes the best possible scenarios in which to perform.

“It is again a great honor for us to be looking for cities around the world that want to partner with us in order to host our top tier events, the World Triathlon Series, the World Cups and of course the Paratriathlon events. We know that the world is currently affected by the pandemic, but we also know that we will overcome this situation, and we will resume our events worldwide when it is safe and fair to do so. These events are the pinnacle of our sport, and bring the World’s best Triathletes to a city, offering international exposure to a global audience, and a live thrilling atmosphere of elite level racing. We are eager and excited to start planning our next season,” said World Triathlon President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.

The ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) is the premier Triathlon series in the World and features the World’s best Triathletes racing head-to-head in up to 10 races around the globe, including the flagship Grand Final.

The World Triathlon Series comprises Olympic Distance (1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run), Sprint Distance (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run) and Mixed Relay events, including the annual ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, one of the most thrilling and engaging events that will make its Olympic debut in the Tokyo Olympics next summer.

Elite triathletes now compete in these prestigious event in search of the World Triathlon WTS World Championship title. Since its launch in 2009, the profile of the World Triathlon Series has grown rapidly, establishing itself as the pinnacle of Olympic and Sprint distance triathlon racing across the globe.

The hosting of WTS events offers cities opportunities to showcase their cities to millions of people via a live international television broadcast as well as to attract thousands of local, national and international guests and race participants. To date, annual on-site spectators for the Series events are upwards of 1 million.

The Triathlon World Cup competitions are the World Triathlon’s second tier events, intended to provide a solid and professional base for Triathletes pursuing entry to the World Triathlon Series. These events are aligned with the World Triathlon Development programmes. They carry a substantial prize purse, have significant media, television and internet coverage and are also attractive for tourist destinations and major cities.

Cities hosting World Cup events can expect to attract an audience of millions of people around the world, including live internet streamings on TriathlonLive and the distribution of features and interviews on all World Triathlon platforms, as well as international news distribution and international print media coverage.

The Paratriathlon events open for bidding are the 2021 Paratriathlon World Championships, and Paratriathlon World Series events. There are between two and four of these events per year whilst Paratriathlon World Cups are between eight to 10 events per year.

Cities interested in hosting a race on the 2021 World Triathlon Series, 2021 ITU World Cup events or paratriathlon events must submit their bid to World Triathlon by June 30th, 2020. Successful cities will be notified on September 1, 2020.
Monday, May 04, 2020
ITU Expecting 1.4Million Loss in 2020

Bermuda Event was Cancelled due to COVID-19
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is expecting a loss of up to $1.4 million in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus crisis, but the organization will not ask for an advance on its Tokyo 2020 payment from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

A spokesperson for the ITU told insidethegames the worldwide governing body was forecasting a financial loss of between $1 million and $1.4 million this year.

The result is largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced almost a complete shutdown of sport worldwide.

The ITU has suspended all competitions until at least June 30th and has been forced to cancel major events including the World Triathlon Series Grand Final in Canada and the World Mixed Relay Championships in Germany.

A number of International Federations representing sports on the Tokyo 2020 programme are facing cashflow challenges of varying degrees of severity as a result of the expected postponement by one year of multi-million-dollar payments they would normally have expected to receive from the IOC after the Games.

Triathlon is in the fourth tier of Olympic sports and the ITU had been expecting to receive the bulk of its $16.30 million share of the Tokyo 2020 revenue in September.

The ITU said it had met with the IOC to discuss its financial status last month but had decided not to request an advance on the payment to help cover its expected losses.

The money from the IOC represents 38 per cent of the ITU's revenues.

Other cost-cutting measures, including placing staff based at its Lausanne headquarters on partial unemployment, have been implemented to ease the financial impact of the global health crisis on the ITU.

The ITU spokesperson said employees in Lausanne are working 50 per cent of their time and part of their wages are being paid by the Swiss Government.

ITU President Marisol Casado, also an IOC member, and other senior staff members have not been asked to take pay cuts as salaries have been guaranteed through a reserve fund.

The ITU spokesperson claimed the reduction of the salaries of any individuals "will not have a significant impact on the financial situation of the organization".

"During the last eight years, ITU has put in place a reserve fund that, at this moment, has allowed the organization to guarantee all jobs and salaries until the end of 2020, and the Executive Board approved at the beginning of the pandemic to use this reserve fund for these purposes," the spokesperson added.

"There is no forecast of any reduction in the salaries of any employee, including the President."

The ITU had budgeted for a small profit of more than $21,000 for 2020 before the pandemic hit.
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