Upcoming Grand Final organisers meet in Lausanne for the Transfer of Knowledge programme
ITU is proud to announce the successful completion of the first edition of the Transfer of Knowledge session for the organisers of the ITU Grand Final. During two days, more than 25 participants from the LOCs of Lausanne 2019, Edmonton 2020, Bermuda 2021 and Abu Dhabi 2022, as well as ITU staff, reviewed the operations and plans that were successfully implemented and delivered in the last edition of the event and also pointed up suggestions for future editions that should have been managed differently, to help future organisers to continue delivering an event that has become one of the most successful in the ITU calendar.
“It is extremely important for us to have the opportunity to work closely with the organizers of our top event to not only help to grow our sport and our Grand Final, but also to ensure that we implement sustainable procedures, take advantage of the previous experiences and learn from the past to be better in the future working together as a team”, said Gergely Markus, ITU Sports Director. “I am really proud of the commitment and involvement not only of the last organisers, the city of Lausanne, but also of the upcoming ones, with all of them sending fantastic delegations to Lausanne to make sure that, working together with the ITU staff, we take all the possible steps to improve our events”.
ITU launched the Transfer of Knowledge (TOK) programme last summer with the local organizing committees of the Multisport World Championships, and now extended the initiative with the Grand Final organisers of the next three years, working with all of them well ahead of time to helping them achieve the best possible outcome.
During two days of meetings in the Maison Du Sports in Lausanne, the Grand Final organisers and the ITU staff went into details of the dos and don’ts in different areas: Technical Operations and venue design, anti-doping, sport presentation, athletes services, sponsoring and branding, media and communications and ITU services.
“With these two days of meetings, plus the information that we have after we have received data from the surveys to all participants, we have a deep understanding of the demands of the athletes, cities, organisers and different stakeholders, and is great to have the opportunity of sharing and discussing all this information with future organisers”, explained Thanos Nikopoulos, ITU Head of Operations.
Representing the Lausanne 2019 LOC were Julien Finkbeiner, Mike Aigroz, Benjamin Essig and Melanie Gremaud, while General Manager of the Edmonton 2020 Grand Final Stephen Bordeau was accompanied by Race director Sheila Findlay. Bermuda, who will host the Grand Final in 2021, was represented by Hazel Clarke -Chair of the Organising Committee-, Steven Petty, President of the National Federation, and Alex Sheperd, while from Abu Dhabi, hosts of the 2022 Grand Final, were present Gary Marescia, Chris Haber, Khalid Saeed Al Qubaisi, Saif Omar Thabet, Hessa Mohamed Alblooshi and Hamed Rashid Alrezaiqi.
ITU wants to extend their most sincere gratitude to all the participants for their cooperation in the transfer of knowledge programme, involving all key areas of the event on explaining to the next organisers how to bring the event to a next level, and offering their help and advice for whenever necessary.