ITU Family Newsletter February 2016

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ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado met with IOC President Thomas Bach on January 25 to discuss several recent updates from the triathlon world, as well as the advancement ITU has made on its good governance policies. As part of the measures included in the IOC’s Agenda 2020, Casado had the opportunity to explain to Bach the different good governance measures taken by ITU in the recent months, including the publication of the annual audited financial statements and budget on the website, as well as the minutes of Congress. All governance documents are located in a new specially designated section of the triathlon website.

Bach and Casado also discussed various ideas on ways to improve anti-doping measures that International Federations can take to ensure athletes compete on an equal playing field. On the agenda of the meeting was the agreement that has been reached by Dalian Wanda Group, the company that recently bought IRONMAN (WTC), the endurance division of Lagardere Sports.

Casado also attended the SportAccord Council meeting in which the decision was taken to postpone merging with SportAccord Convention. Instead, SportAccord will continue working on its governance structure before merging both institutions into one organisation.

TEAM ITU SELECTION CAMP HELD IN RAYONG
The 2016 Rayong ASTC – ITU Development Team Selection Camp with 26 athletes and 16 coaches from nine emerging countries was successfully held in Rayong, Thailand from January 25-31. A huge thank you to Thailand Triathlon Association for their outstanding support of this camp.

The aim of the camp was to boost the development of athletes and coaches by supporting talented athletes from emerging countries. For selected athletes, the goal was to provide diverse support such as a scholarship, equipment support and mentorship for their training in order to qualify for the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games and/or 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Read more here.

IBEROAMERICA, A REGION FOR WOMEN
Last weekend, ITU President Marisol Casado travelled to Merida, in the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico) to attend the Congress of the Iberoamerican Triathlon Association, as well as the Iberoamerican Championships, a spectacular event in which she could see the massive presence of women competing. The growth of women’s triathlon in Mexico has been so successful that in some races, more than 51% of the entries are women. This is something the entire triathlon family should be proud of.

We at ITU are extremely proud that our counterparts at the Mexican Federation have taken on this important leadership in the Latin American regions. The Iberoamerican Congress and Championships is a joint effort between ITU, the Spanish Federation and the Mexican Federation. The conference in Merida represents the culmination of many years’ hard work.

ITU 2016 RULE BOOKS AVAILABLE
As in previous years, National Federations are asked to order rule books using the registration information provided below. This form must be submitted by TUESDAY 15th of March 2016.

Rule books are provided for free to the Technical Team at World Triathlon Series, World Cup, Multisport World Championships and World Paratriathlon events, and to participants of the ITU Education courses.

Please note that orders will be accepted only through the National Federations and a minimum of 10 books is requested to process the order. Click here for the Rule Book Order Form