With Bermuda Triathlon Association President Jennifer Gunn, Vice President Patty Petty and Board Member Aaron Smith all in attendance IOC Member Marisol Casado was re-elected as President of the International Triathlon Union at the 29th Congress in Madrid for a third term. Casado was first elected as ITU’s President in Madrid eight years ago.
“Thank you from the heart for nominating me as President of ITU,” Casado said. “Thank you for believing in my vision, in my leadership, and where I want to take the sport. It is a great honour to be given the responsibility of directing ITU another four years.”
“I received a great legacy, and we are in a very positive situation at ITU. We’ve done a great job as a team, our athletes are really happy with what we are doing for them, and we have to keep moving in the same direction. We will think about possible changes and, if needed or if we think changes can improve our sport, we will make those changes. We will do whatever is necessary to keep our sport on the spotlight. Triathlon is a loved sport among young people, and we have to continue being popular.”
IOC President Thomas Bach, who spoke early in the ITU Congress, praised Casado and ITU as a good example of good governance and sustainability. Bach also thanked Marisol for “her always positive approach to sport, all the initiatives to include Paratriathlon under the triathlon umbrella and also included in the Rio Paralympics, and her willingness to adopt the Agenda 2020.”