ITU adds eight National Federations in 2015

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Following the final Executive Board Meeting of the 2015 season, the ITU is pleased to announce six National Federations were added to its family of Federations with the addition of Niger, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Botswana, Djibouti, and Somalia.

“It’s been a cornerstone year of growth for us in Africa,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “African Triathlon Union President Ahmed Nasser has been working very hard the last several seasons to fulfill its goal of growing triathlon, and we are seeing that work come to fruition now. My recent travels to Africa have shown me first-hand the enthusiasm and promising talent for the sport in so many countries. Now our job is to support their development.”

In addition to these six National Federations, Senegal and Armenia were approved as National Federations at ITU’s annual Congress in September, which brings the total count of National Federations to 162. Algeria and Kyrgyzstan were also approved as temporary Federations earlier this year.

INSIDE ITU
ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado has recently relaunched her blog to keep the triathlon family up to date on her thoughts about the direction of our sport, as well as her plans for ITU as the President and her movements throughout the world. Follow the blog here: https://marisolcasado.blogspot.com.es/

Marisol also recently traveled to Paris for the Science & Triathlon Conference and the final Executive Board Meeting of the year, as well as to Aviles, Spain for the official presentation of the 2016 ITU Duathlon World Championships. Visit her blog to read her thoughts!

OTU SIGNS CONTRACT FOR ITU DEVELOPMENT GRANT
During the two-day Board Meeting, Oceania Triathlon Union (OTU) President Terry Sheldrake signed OTU’s 2016 Development Grant contract with ITU. Sheldrake presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to provide training and educational opportunities to promising young athletes, as well as assistance to emerging National Federations, the development of coaches and Technical Officials, and anti-doping testing in Oceania.
“Oceania presented an excellent plan on how they will use the development grant that ITU provides to Continental Confederations,” said Casado. “They initiated a successful camp for athletes last year with the funds, which they will continue again this year. I congratulate and thank OTU President Terry Sheldrake and his team for the work they’ve been doing. I’m looking forward to seeing the outcomes of their plan.”

ITU EXECUTIVE BOARD APPROVES ARBITRATION PANEL MEMBERS
In ITU’s continued effort to lead the sports landscape in strong governance, the ITU Executive Board approved members to its independent Arbitration Tribunal, which will assess disciplinary matters that may arise. Philippe Renz (SUI) was elected as the Chair, while Genevieve Pellerin (CAN) will serve as the Vice-Chair with Timo Penannen (FIN), Ize Metebese (NIG), and Kevin Sullivan (USA) all approved to serve on the panel, which will be active beginning January 1, 2016.

It was also decided that ITU will create a “Governance and Social Responsibility” section to its website that will clearly host documents that contain information such as, but not limited to, ITU’s finances, policy information, Congress minutes and more.

PONTEVEDRA AWARDED 2019 MULTISPORT WORLD CHAMPS
ITU is pleased to announce that Pontevedra has been awarded the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships. The Multisport World Championships will see duathlon, long distance triathlon, aquathlon and cross triathlon championship races organized together during a week-long festival. Click here for more.

PARIS HOSTS SUCCESSFUL SCIENCE & TRI CONFERENCE
ITU’s third edition of the biannual Science and Technology conference took place last week at INSEP, France’s National Institute of Sports, with great success. With more than 250 participants from over 45 countries, the conference boasted participants from as far as Australia and New Zealand with representatives from every continent traveling to France to learn how they can better improve their triathletes. Click here for more on the conference.

CALENDAR UPDATES
A new event has been added to the calendar : 2016 Vancouver American Masters Games
The ASTC events have been uploaded on the web here
The 2016 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup will now take place on the 30th of April 2016.

ANTI-DOPING UPDATES
WADA has now issued its call for proposals for the 2016 Scientific Research Grants.
WADA is committed to increasing the volume of research dedicated to developing new and improved detection methods for performance-enhancing substances and methods. Since 2001, the Agency has committed more than US$68 million to scientific research.
Scientists interested in submitting research projects are invited to apply by 15 February 2016 (24:00 h GMT) via WADA’s online application platform, WADAGrants. Information about the 2016 research topics and application procedure can be found on WADAGrants.