Hamburg Observers Programme
Staging a world cup event isn’t easy for any Local Organizing Committees (LOC), let alone a new team that’s hosting a race for the first time. To help them along and to accelerate the learning process, the ITU began the Observers Programme this year in Hamburg. It was designed to allow new and prospective LOCs see first-hand every aspect of a world cup or world championship. Much of the content from this year’s Observers Programme was created by ITU Operations Manager Thanos Nikopoulos, who’s no stranger in leading major triathlon events. Delegates were able to better understand the layouts that worked the best and were refreshed with new ideas on how to improve their own plans.
“We are thrilled with the success of the Observer programme at the Hamburg BG Triathlon World Championships. Upsolut, the event company that produced the 2007 World Championships, raised the bar and set a new standard, which is tough act to follow for all future organizing committees. But programmes like this allow committees to
learn from the best for the benefit of their own events, National Federations and for triathlon as a whole,” said Loreen Barnett, ITU Executive Director.
The long-term goal of the Observer programme is to ensure that all major ITU events are staged and organized at the highest level to ensure the best possible event for athletes, sponsors, media and all parties.