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Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Bermuda To Host Just Triathlon Championships in 2021

A request, due to the current COVID 19 outbreak impacting events worldwide, by the organizers of the 2020 MS Amlin World Triathlon Bermuda and the Bermuda Paratriathlon World Cup to also cancel the events, planned for November 2020.

As previously reported by www.islandstats.com, organizers planned to stage the postponed April event in November of this year.

After many months of deliberations to ensure the best outcomes for all stakeholders, the Executive Board decided to split the Grand Final already for 2021. Edmonton (CAN) will host the Grand Final in August -Elite and U23 Olympic distance, Age-Group Olympic and Super-Sprint distance events- whilst Bermuda will organize the Sprint and Mixed Relay World Championships in October, i.e. the Super-Sprint for the Elites, Elite World Championships, Junior World Championships, Age-Group Sprint World Championships and the Mixed Relay World Champs for all categories-. The 2021 Paratriathlon World Championships will be hosted prior to the Paralympic Games, in a third location to be determined in future Board meetings after opening the bidding process, then receiving and reviewing proposals from organizers.

“Athletes, coaches, National Federations and ourselves… we all know this has been and still is a very strange year with endless challenges, and that we need to make the best decisions humanly possible in the best interest of all concerned. We know that announcing that the World Championships title will now, following the cancellation of the two events, be contested at the only event left on the calendar and that there is little advanced notice of this announcement, is far from ideal. We want to assure you that it is not just the best option but the only option we have to give our athletes the chance to compete and showcase their best at this level. I really want to thank the organizers, the German Federation and the World Triathlon staff for their commitment and efforts to make this opportunity, under challenging circumstances, possible. We appreciate their helping all the athletes and coaches travel to Germany to compete despite some travel restrictions and their setting up of an event and a course that I am sure will be magnificent”, explained World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado.

“Sport can be a great tool on the road to recovery, we are slowly going back to this new normality, and we are doing everything we can to support the athletes, organizers, national federations and all our partners on this journey. The health and safety of all the athletes is our first priority, and keeping that in mind, we will make every effort to deliver a great event and crown the World Champions”, she said.

The Executive Board also approved the call for Congress, to be held on 29 November, with nominations for President, Vice Presidents, Board members and Committees open until 15 October. The Congress will either take place in Paris with some members attending virtually, or fully virtual if the travel restrictions due to the COVID 19 outbreak increase in the upcoming weeks.
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