Kalmar, ready to host the FISU World University Triathlon Championship
Everything is ready in the Swedish city of Kalmar to host the 2018 FISU World University Triathlon Championship next September. FISU and triathlon officials visited the city and the course this week, in order to have all checked well in advance.
Kalmar is a beautiful coastal city surrounded by water and situated in the south-east of Sweden. The race will be disputed on September 1, in a Sprint format, and it will offer a city-integrated course which is flat and technical. It will include a 750-meter long swim course in the canal, a 20-kilometer long bike course and a 5 kilometer long running course. The race goes through the historical town of Kalmar, offering plenty of challenges for the athletes and a great way for the spectators to experience triathlon.
The first day was dedicated to inspecting the official hotel of the event. The FISU delegates looked at accommodation for the participants, catering places, offices etc. They also met with representatives of the WUC Organising Committee and the Linnaeus University. During the second day, the delegation inspected the sport venues, ceremonial places and other facilities.
“The inspection visit was an important milestone for the Organising Committee to progress with our work. We have had valuable meetings with FISU representatives Dominque Frizza, Pauline Hamonic and Jing Zhao. Now, we look forward to welcoming university triathlon athletes from all over the world to Kalmar. The prerequisites for a good championship are the best thanks to the good cooperation between Kalmar Municipality, Linnaeus University, the Swedish Triathlon Association and the local associations,” said Cecilia Olsson, Secretary General of the Swedish University Sports Federation.