Inside ITU

Updated: 06 Sep, 2018 05:54 pm

What is the International Triathlon Union (ITU)?


The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body for the sport of Triathlon and its related other Multisports. It is the recognized International Federation for the sport of Triathlon (by the International Olympic Committee) and of Paratriathlon (by the International Paralympic Committee).
The ITU is the only entity/organization which can award a world title and racing in ITU events is the only way to qualify for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


What is ITU doing?
Among other tasks, the ITU main responsibilities are:

  • Creating and updating annually the ITU Competition rules. The ITU Competition Rules, as well as Anti-Doping rules, specify the conduct and behaviour of athletes during ITU competitions. As part of the Rules, the ITU is establishing the Competition and events’ categories and distances, Age requirements, Paratriathlon Classification process, Qualification and Ranking criteria, Uniform rules and Anti-doping rules for all ITU events;
  • Ensuring consistency, equity, fairness in the ITU events:
    • Hosting events that are conducted by the same rules, ensuring equality among the athletes all around the world.
    • Proposing events that are conducted by the same requirements, ensuring uniformity and consistency in terms of Technical requirements, Branding and Athletes` uniforms, Sport presentation.
  • Supporting the development of the sport worldwide;
  • Act as an expert of the sport.


When do I contact ITU?
For questions regarding the Competition rules and the results.

What is an ITU Technical Delegate (TD)?
The ITU Technical Delegate (TD) ensures that the requirements of the Event Organizer Manual are implemented, as well as the implementation of the ITU Rules governing the competition including the anti-doping elements of the ITU event.
The TD is a volunteer official.

What is an ITU Head Referee (HR)?
The ITU Head Referee (HR) is appointed by ITU or by the Technical Delegate of the Event. The Head Referee is the contact person for any exceptions in regards to the Rules, to approve any equipment or devices carried during the bike segment or added to the bike or to approve bikes on request after Athletes’ briefing. He is the Starter of the race. He collects all Protests and Appeals. He signs off on Official results immediately after the race.

What is a Continental Confederation?


5 Continental Confederations:
Africa ATU https://africa.triathlon.org/
America CAMTRI https://americas.triathlon.org/
Asia ASTC https://asia.triathlon.org/
Europe ETU https://europe.triathlon.org/
Oceania OTU https://oceania.triathlon.org/


Continental Confederations are approving and organizing the Continental Championships and Continental Cups.

What is a National Federation (NF)?


The ITU has 172 Members National Federations from the 5 Continents.
ITU, Continental Conferation, National Federation structure

What is it doing?
Each NF is responsible for the qualification process of their athletes to Continental or International Events. Each NF is selecting the qualifying races (if applicable) for national athletes to register to the different World Championships.

When do I contact my NF?
For questions regarding qualification and registration to an ITU event, or questions regarding the national uniform to wear. Find your NF

What is a Local Organizing Committee (LOC)


Each ITU event is supervised by an Agreement between the ITU, the National Federation of the host country and a Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
The ITU grants a license to the LOC to host and organise an ITU event.

The LOC can be a:

  • city
  • events` company (ex: Lagardère Unlimited)
  • sports` company (ex: Ironman, Powerman, TNatura, Asdeporte)
  • triathlon club
  • association
  • national federation

What is it doing?
The LOC stages an Event in accordance with the ITU Rules. The LOC is composed by a team on-site, who can be from the local triathlon club, or the Sports Department of the city, or it can be a triathlon organizer (i.e. Challenge, Ironman, etc).
The LOC is working hand in hand with the ITU to set up an event which is safe and fair for the athletes.

When do I contact the LOC?
For questions regarding logistics on site (accommodation and airport transfers, package pick up hours, locations for ceremonies, Visa requirements, etc.)

REGISTRATION


Registration - How do I register for an ITU event?

For ITU Multisport and Triathlon World Championships, each AG athlete has to register through his/her National Federation.
Find you National Federation here: https://www.triathlon.org/agegroup/federations


Race Briefing - How will the Race Briefing be organized?

At ITU Multisport and Triathlon World Championships, AG race briefings are only for Team Managers. But a video race briefing will be available on the facebook page of the event and on the event website from the beginning of the race week. Also, Q&A sessions with Technical Officials will be organized at the venue during certain times for all athletes to ask their questions. We have some cases where an AG Athletes` Briefing is conducted (for example for Long Distance WCH).

PRE-EVENT


Information - where can I find information regarding courses, training sites, schedule, ceremonies, etc.?
General information will be updated continuously on the event website.  For more details on the course or training sites for example, you will be able to find those in the Athlete Guide, released few weeks before the race.


Package pick up - What do I need to bring to pick up my race bag?

All athletes must have photo identification (I.D) on them. No athlete will be able to register without photo I.D. Please read the Athlete Guide of the event to check if you need to bring your registration/confirmation email.
Each individual athlete must pick up their race package themselves.
All AG athletes must pick up their race package during the time allotted to their NF. The Team Manager has been notified of these times and they are also available in the Athlete Guide.


Bike check-in - What will be checked during the Bike check in? What do I need to take with me to bike check-in? What do I need to LEAVE in transition once I do get checked in?

As per the ITU Competition Rules, Age-Group competitions with more than 700 athletes entered will schedule the Bike Check-in the day before the competition. Age-Group events with fewer than 700 athletes will do the Bike Check-in on race day.
During the Bike Check-in the Technical Officials (TOs) will check that both your bike and helmet comply with the Competition Rules for that race. Your bike and helmet stickers should be put on correctly and will be checked at this time.
You will receive 3 helmets stickers: 1 on the front and 1 each side. Bike seat post sticker is to be attached to the seat post prior to entering transition.
Body tattoos are for race day only.

RACE DAY


Swim - What are the rules for the wetsuit?

4.2 Wetsuit Use:

  • a.) Wetsuit use is governed by the following tables:
    Age-Group athletes
    Swim Length Forbidden Mandatory*
    * when mandatory, the wetsuit must cover at least the torso
    Up to 1500m 22°C and above 15.9°C and below
    1501m and longer 24.6°C and above 15.9°C and below

Additionally to above rules, the swim distance can be shortened or even cancelled according to the air temperature.
More details in the ITU Competition Rules: https://www.triathlon.org/about/downloads/category/competition_rules
Official water temperature and (non-)use of wetsuit is announced by the Head Referee 1h prior to the race start.


Bike - When is it a draft legal or illegal race?

5.5. Drafting: Age-Group

  • Triathlon
    Sprint Distance Both options
    Standard Distance Illegal
    Middle and Long Distance Illegal
    Duathlon
    Sprint Distance Both options
    Standard Distance Illegal
    Middle and Long Distance Illegal
    Winter Triathlon (all distances) Legal
    Cross Triathlon and Duathlon (all distances) Legal
    Aquabike Illegal

More details in the ITU Competition Rules: https://www.triathlon.org/about/downloads/category/competition_rules

Bike - An outline of bikes that are legal

You can find in the document the non closed approved frames: https://www.triathlon.org/agegroup/documents

Uniform - wetsuit

  • Wetsuits when allowed may cover the arms but not the hands. Nor the face or feet.
  • Wetsuits cannot exceed 5mm thickness.
  • Wetsuits can be 2 piece but the overlapping part can’t be any thicker than 5mm.
  • If Wetsuit is mandatory it must cover the torso.
  • Socks are allowed when the wetsuit is mandatory.

Uniform - What kind of trisuit do I need?

  • Athletes must wear the uniform for the whole competition.
  • Uniform must cover the whole torso in the front and the back maybe uncovered from the waist up.
  • Covering the legs below the knees is not allowed in the swim when wetsuits are not allowed.
  • One-piece uniform is preferred, if a 2 piece is used the pieces must overlap. No Torso is to be visible during the competition.
  • The zipper must be located at the back and no longer than 40cm
  • Uniform must be worn over both shoulders during competition.

Uniform - What are the rules for the national uniform?

ITU Uniform Rules: https://www.triathlon.org/about/downloads/category/uniform_rules
For Triathlon Continental and World Championships and for Multisport World Championships, AG athletes should comply with their approved National Federation uniform color. 
ITU logo and Country code are mandatory. Family name is optional.
National Uniforms approved here: https://www.triathlon.org/agegroup/documents


Race kit - Where and when do I have to wear the bib?

The bib ONLY has to be wear during the run, on the front.


Race kit - Where do I put the tattoos?

Tattoos are to be placed on both arms, between the bicep and elbow.
If applicable AG category tattoo should be placed on the back of your left calf. AG category tattoo are mandatory for the Athletes who are not using compression calf guards
You might also receive wetsuit tattoo, to place on your wetsuit in case of wetsuit swim.
Body tattoos are for race day only
(not needed for bike check-in).\

Transition area - Do I have access to the transition zone just before the start? Can my coach/bike mechanic come into transition with me?

You have access to the transition zone on race day as per the specified times in the Athlete’s Guide. A NF coach and/or bike mechanic can enter the transition zone only after the permission of the Chief Transition Zone Technical Official and only if there is an issue that needs their presence. No wheels can be replaced on race day.


Uniform - When will my race uniform - and wetsuit if applicable - be checked?

Technical Officials will check if your uniform complies with your National Uniform in the Uniform Catalogue when you enter Transition on race day. In case of wetsuit swim, they will also check if you wetsuit complies with the rules.

Uniform - Can I use a jacket on the bike session?

Yes, as long as it is transparent.

Uniform - Are skin swim suits allowed at the ITU World Championships?

Swimskins must comply with guidelines and be 100% textile.  And must not be removed in Standard and Sprint distances races.

Uniform - Can I use long sleeves on the bike and run?

Arms may be covered in middle and long distance events, except during the swim, when wetsuits are forbidden. Arms must not be covered on standard distance and shorter events, except in extreme weather conditions. The decision rests with Technical Delegate in consultation with the Medical Delegate (if applicable) to allow or make mandatory long sleeves.

Athletes are allowed to wear uniforms with sleeves extending from the shoulder up to but not covering the elbow except super-sprint, sprint and standard distance triathlon.


Finish - do I need to hand back my timing chip?

Yes. There will be a chip collection post finish. Volunteers will be there to assist. If you abandon your race at any time post collecting your chip, please return the chip back at the finish area to avoid financial penalties.


Finish - can I bring my child down the finish line with me?

No. At a World Championships, no one is allowed to cross the finish line with you. The same applies for the medal ceremony. No one is allowed on the podium with you.

Finish - who should I contact if there is an issue with my result?

In case of questions or mistakes with your result, please contact your Team Manager. If you don`t have Team Manager on site, please look for the Head Referee Technical Official in finish area. 

 

AWARDS AND CEREMONIES


Results - how do I know if I placed or not?

Head to the results page on the event website. Results will also be posted during the races at the Expo/Package pick up area.


Awards -  I can’t attend awards and I placed. How do I get my medal?

You can ask your Team Manager, Coach or friend to collect your medal for you. Please wait until the award formalities have finished.


Parade of Nations - I don’t have a Team Manager here how do I know where to go?

Refer to the Athlete Guide. Meet in the marshalling spot and local team will assist you.


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