ITU Family Newsletter April

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ITU is pleased to announce that the number of triathlon Technical Officials increased a total of 13% in 2015 as a direct result of the 54 Technical Officials (TO) seminars and courses that ITU held throughout the world.

The number of certified female Technical Officials rose from 27% to 30%. Spain leads with the highest number of women TOs, followed by Canada and Brazil. The Czech Republic lead in gender balance, with a perfect distribution of 50% per gender for Level 1 Technical Officials.

Hungary and Fiji also lead in gender balance within the Level 1 officials, while Great Britain, Portugal, Mexico and Uzbekistan share the top spot on the gender equity list for ITU Level 2 Technical Officials.

A WEEK OF SPORT IN LAUSANNE FOR SPORTACCORD
Earlier this month, ITU attended the SportAccord convention, a six-day annual gathering bringing together representatives from more than 100 international sports federations, organizations, bidding cities and sport representatives from around the globe.

The first thing on everyone’s agenda was the ASOIF Assembly, where IFs were updated with reports on the Rio 2016 Games, as well as from Tokyo 2020 Games and the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Francesco Ricci Bitti was also elected as the new ASOIF President. A few days after, Patrick Baumann, FIBA President, was elected as the new President of SportAccord.

“Those type of meetings are a great opportunity to learn and listen first hand from other IFs experiences in multiple fields, and see what we can apply in our Federation to reach more audiences, have better and more efficient organizations and understand better the plans from different bidding cities related with our sport,” Marisol Casado said.

CONTINENTAL DEVELOPMENT CAMP HELD IN JINCHEON
The ASTC-ITU Continental Development Camp took place in the Jincheon Korea National Training Center April 21-27 right before the 2016 Hatsukaichi ASTC Asian Triathlon Championships. The camp aimed at preparing Team ASTC athletes and emerging SD athletes for the upcoming Hatsukaichi Asian Championships. Under the guidance of Peter Clifford (ITU facilitator from Australia), five coaches from four countries implemented the skill based training sessions in cooperation with fellow coaches.

ITU AND ATU COMBINE EFFORTS TO DEVELOP TRIATHLON
ITU is pleased to announce that it has signed the Development Grant contract with the African Triathlon Union (ATU), which is aimed to support the activation of National Federations, as well as provide new and emerging Federations resources for development. ATU President, Ahmed Nasser, presented a plan to use the funds offered by ITU to organize courses and championship races in Ghana, Tanzania, Sudan, Tunisia, Niger, Gambia, Chad, Ivory Coast and Algeria.

ITU’S REGISTERED TESTING POOL FOR THE 2ND QUARTER
The ITU Registered Testing Pool (RTP) has been announced for the second quarter of 2016. The second quarter is from April 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016. Athletes in the ITU RTP are reminded that updates to their whereabouts information are now due for the second quarter. For more information on the RTP and for a list of athletes included in the RTP, please see below.

All Athletes designated as included in the International Level Registered Testing Pool must submit whereabouts information to ITU in accordance with ITU Anti-Doping Rules and the WADA International Standard for Testing, unless they are already submitting whereabouts to their National Anti-Doping Organization, who in accordance with WAD Code will share this information confidentially with ITU as per a formal agreement concluded between them. If you are in the ITU RTP but submit your whereabouts elsewhere, please inform us.