The International Triathlon Union (ITU) announced that the Triathlon Mixed Relay has been officially included on the Commonwealth Games programme starting in 2018.
In St. Kitts & Nevis, the 70 member Commonwealth Games Associations present voted in favor of including the Mixed Relay event at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly. The discipline may also be considered by the Organizing Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Games.
The inclusion into the Commonwealth Games is a great boost for the development of the sport across the 71 Commonwealth nations around the globe. Earlier this year, the format was also accepted onto the programme of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
ITU will next present to the Glasgow 2014 Organizing Committee in hopes of having the Triathlon Mixed Relay as an optional addition to the sports programme of Glasgow 2014, the 20th edition of the Commonwealth Games.
The recent successes strengthen ITU's quest to get the Triathlon Mixed Relay event into the Olympic Games beginning with Rio 2016. The ITU is bidding to get the discipline added to the programme of the Olympic Games and will submit its official bid early next year to the IOC.