ITU Family Newsletter May 2016


Level 2 Technical Officials Seminar held in Japan: ITU and ASTC held the Level 2 Technical Officials seminar to provide opportunities for Technical Officials to get updated on recent changes in triathlon rules and enhance their officiating skills for in Hatsukaichi, Japan. A total of 21 Technical Officials from 7 different countries joined the 2-day seminar consisting of classroom sessions and practical sessions.

At the end of April, Marisol Casado travelled to Japan for the 25th ASTC Congress to listen and share all the projects and events they are preparing for the next months.

It was a productive Congress, with 22 out of the 34 National Federations present. Justin Park, President of ASTC, was a fantastic host, as was the city of Hatsukaichi. Thanks to the Japanese Federation for hosting the Congress and the Asian Championships. The continental championships included one of the races that we are most proud of: the mixed team relay. It was a great pleasure to watch it live!

It was also a pleasure to see the work being done to grow triathlon in Asia, with the ASTC-ITU Continental Development Camp held at the Jincheon Korea National Training Center right before this weekend’s Asian Championship.

Marisol also had the chance to participate in a meeting of the American Confederation of Triathlon (CAMTRI) in Miami, which aimed to grow and strengthen triathlon in the Caribbean region. With their mild climate, their amazing beaches and their love for our sport, triathlon is surely going to be one of the hot sports for athletes in the region.

Representatives from St. Kitts & Nevis, Jamaica, St. Croix, Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Martin were there, along with ITU Vice President, Antonio Alvarez (Mexico), CAMTRI Acting President Liber Garcia and ITU Board Member Barry Siff, representing USA Triathlon. It is a real pleasure to see how triathlon is growing in the the region, with Barbados and Bermuda both represented in Brazil this summer. For the next Olympic cycle, our friends in the Caribbean region have a lot of projects in mind to continue improving and developing triathlon in those countries.

One of the hardest things for elite athletes around the world is the transition from the field of play to field of work. Retired or retiring athletes usually find it hard to change their skills, schedules and goals, and that’s just one of the aims of the iSR Academy. The iSR Academy offers a year-long progamme funded by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) of South Korea and the Association of National Olympic Committee (ANOC), designed to improve lives of athletes around the world by supporting and helping them achieve a successful career transition after their competitive sporting career.

The Academy is currently recruiting new students for 2016-17 term for a programme based on a full-scholarship scheme. The programmes also include:
– English lessons (for those fluent in English, other opportunities will be available)
– IT and computing classes
– Personal development programmes – including IOC ACP and career development sessions
– Three month internships (Internships at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games Organising Committee, Universities, NFs and local sports clubs)
– Field trips
– Monthly stipends for meals and local transportation, round flight ticket, basic insurance
Potential candidates are expected to be retiring and retired Olympians, Paralympians, World Championship participants and participants in other major international competitions. If any of your athletes are interested, they can apply here.

ITU encourages athletes to perform the periodic health evaluation (PHE) and to undergo a pre-participation evaluation (PPE) prior to engaging in competitive sport. The prevention of SCD (sudden death) and the screening strategies in our athletes are among the most important goals of the ITU Medical Committee.
The SCD of an athlete on the field remains the most devastating medical event in sports. SCD in endurance sports is rare and 80% deaths are due to underlying cardiac disorder. Over 90% deaths happen during or immediately after exertion, but preliminary observations suggest a higher death rate in triathlon.

Thus, ITU would like to remind all National Federations that the PPE (12 lead rest ECG, Medical Questionnaire, Physical Examination) will be mandatory for all the junior athletes competing in ITU international competitions from January 2017.

ITU is pleased to announce it has signed an initial two-year contract with the NTT Group to become a global partner of both ITU and the ITU World Triathlon Series for 2016 and 2017.

NTT will serve as ITU’s exclusive communications and systems integration partner. As part of the global deal, NTT will acquire rights at various triathlon events in Japan, Asia and worldwide.