Following their addition to the ITU family as a member National Federation this year, Senegal recently hosted its first triathlon and ITU Community Combo Course since becoming an NF in September at the 2015 ITU Annual Congress.
“The African Triathlon Union first set the goal of adding National Federations in every country in Africa. Having made incredible inroads towards this goal, the next step is to support these developing National Federations in succeeding at fostering elite triathletes, as well as the sport in its entirety, which is what ITU is aiming to do with courses like this,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado, who visited Dakar last week.
Casado was on sight in Dakar to join the attendees in receiving their diplomas for completing the course, during which they received education on ITU triathlon rules, advice on how to organize races and insight on coaching triathletes.
Earlier in the week, Casado also traveled to Cairo, Egypt where ITU Executive Board Member Ahmed Nasser was elected as President of the Elective General Assembly of the Association of African Sport Confederations.
CONTINENTAL CONFEDERATIONS RECEIVE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FROM ITU
ITU recently announced that the Continental Confederations have received grants from ITU, and have begun planning for 2016 developing projects. ITU President Marisol Casado encourages all National Federations to present development projects to their Continental Confederations for 2016, as it is a priority for ITU to support the developing NFs in fostering triathlon growth in their territories and the organisation of events is a key priority.
AUSTRIA TO HOST 2016 WINTER TRIATHLON WORLD CHAMPS
ITU is pleased to announce the 2016 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships have been awarded to Zeltweg, Austria, and will be held on February 12-14, 2016. In addition to the Elite World Championship, Zeltweg will welcome Under23, Junior and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions.
ARIZONA STATE HIRES FIRST TRIATHLON COACH
As the first NCAA Power-Five conference school to officially adopt the sport of triathlon in the U.S. university system, Cliff English has been named head coach for Arizona State’s inaugural women’s triathlon team. Along with 10 grant recipients, 12 NCAA schools pledged their intention to sponsor varsity triathlon, including several Pac-12 institutions, by signing the NCAA Emerging Sport proposal. Click here for more.