After months of deliberations to ensure the best outcomes for all stakeholders, the Executive Board has decided to split the 2021 World Triathlon Grand Final; Edmonton (CAN) will host the Grand Final in August for Elite, U23 and Age-Group Olympic distance and Super-Sprint distance events whilst Bermuda will organise the Sprint and Mixed Relay World Championships in October, made up of the Super-Sprint racing for the 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 which will be determined in future Board meetings, after reviewing proposals from prospective organisers.
Earlier this week the Executive Board approved the awarding of the 2020 World Championships titles in Hamburg, at the Hamburg Wasser World Triathlon event to be held on September 5.
“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 organisers, 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, organisers, 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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