Team ITU 2016

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Goal of project

The primary objective of this project is to provide support, resources and expertise to athletes from emerging/developing National Federations with the potential to compete at Rio 2016 and / or at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and to compete at a World Cup level. At the same time increase the number of coaches from emerging/developing National Federations gaining experience in the preparation and support of athletes competing at a World Cup level.

Project Outline

  • Emerging/Developing National Federations are invited to submit applications.
  • Applications for athletes with the potential to compete in Rio de Janeiro 2016 and/or in Tokyo 2020 that have already proven themselves at an ITU Elite, U23, Junior World Championship, World Cup or Continental Cup level will be favoured.
  • Five (5) World Cup events have been named as the Team ITU events in 2016.
  • At each of these events a coaching support will be on hand for the athletes selected.
  • The group will be accommodated as a ‘team’ and supported as such pre, during and post event.
  • Gender Equality and Geographic Distribution will be considered in the selection for each project.

Target Group

The target group will be athletes from emerging/developing National Federations who have already shown a high level of competence in World Cup and/or Continental Cup events and are looking to qualify for Rio 2016 but need support in order to do so. Please note: for Tokyo 2020 potentials we are looking for U25 athletes at this stage.

Qualification Criteria

  • The preference
  • Athletes must be registered with their National Federations and have shown the ability to race at a high level.
  • The athletes nominated should be committed to competing in the long term and have the Olympic Games as an ultimate objective.
  • While there will be maximum of eight (8) slots available at each event, athletes will be selected at the discretion of the ITU Development and in some cases not all the slots or more slots will be filled. (The Rio 2016 candidates will get a preference for the first 3 World Cups.)
  • Athletes from the continent where the WC is taking place are in favour. 

Time Line

Applications must be submitted in writing to ITU Development and each applicant must also be entered by their National Federation for the respective World Cup events with ITU via the online entry method by the closing date for entry for the specific event they are applying for.

A National Federation may nominate no more than two (2) male and two (2) females. If more than one nominated by gender, the list of nomination has to be in preference order. 

Designated Event Distance Date of the World Cup Application Deadline

2016 Chengdu ITU Triathlon World Cup

Standard

16-17 April 2016

15th February 2016

2016 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup

Standard

7-8 May 2016

15th March 2016

2016 Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup*

Sprint

7-8 May 2016

15th March 2016

2016 Salinas ITU Triathlon World Cup

Sprint

24-25 September 2016

1st August 2016

2016 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup

Sprint

22-23 October 2016

5th September 2016 

*Please note: the Team ITU project in Cagliari/ITA has been cancelled.

Selection

A Panel composed by ITU Sport Department, Development and HP coaches will decide on the selected athletes based on the project description (outline and qualification criteria) for the project within 2 weeks after the application deadline and all applicant NFs will be informed accordingly.

Budget

All athletes selected will be funded as follows:

  1. Hotel accommodation (on a shared basis) for a maximum of 5 days,
  2. Meals – 3 per day (or a meal stipend),
  3. Coaching support.

PLEASE NOTE: A travel stipend between 250 USD and $750 USD will be provided to each Team ITU-Development member per event. Please note the maximum stipend is 750 USD/ ITU Team Member or the 60% of the full flight fare.

Evaluation

The athletes selected will be tracked over the year to determine their progress and feedback sheets will be completed by all of the participants post each event.

Application form

2016 Team ITU Application Form

Please complete relevant application form and forward to Zita Csovelyak at zita@triathlon.org on or before due dates.

Definition and Explanation of National Federation Status:

For the purpose of the ITU Development (Athlete and Coaching) we have categorized National Federations into three (3) categories:

Olympic NF’s are those NF’s who had representation at the London Olympic Games through the standard qualification system (excluding universality slots).                            

Emerging NF’s are those NF’s who had no competitors at the London Olympic Games but have had representation at the World Triathlon Grand Final in the Elite, U23 or Junior Categories in the past two years.

Developing NF’s are those NF’s with no representation at the World Triathlon Grand Final in the Elite, U23 and Junior Categories in the past two years.

The ITU Athlete and Coaching Development Programme specifically targets Emerging and Developing NF’s.