By Paula Kim on 02/09/11 at 1:22 am
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) celebrated the beginning of a new era in Lausanne with the opening of a new office in the Olympic capital. Just prior to the Lausanne round of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series, which included the ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships and the ITU Team Triathlon World Championships, the ITU hosted a reception to christen its office and meet its new neighbours at the Maison du Sport International.
ITU President Marisol Casado welcomed the guests, among them Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli, Olympic gold medallists Jan Frodeno and Emma Snowsill, Athletes Committee members Laurent Vidal and Jessica Harrison, Gold Group athletes Andrea Hewitt and Alexander Brukhankov, as well as staff from many other International sports Federations, National Federations and from the City of Lausanne.
President Casado spoke of ITU’s dream to continue to build a strong connection with the IOC and the Olympic family and the establishment of an ITU office in Lausanne would strengthen those relationships.
Gilbert Felli also addressed the attendees, speaking about triathlon’s recent history and bright future. He welcomed the ITU with open arms to the IOC’s home city of Lausanne.
The new office contains some triathlon memorabilia and photos of all the Olympic gold medallists.
ITU’s headquarters will remain in Vancouver, Canada but the Lausanne office will contain the core European staff including most of the Sport Department. The ITU President’s office also remains in Madrid, Spain.