ITU introduces strong governance policies following Executive Board Meeting

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The ITU Executive Board, chaired by ITU President Marisol Casado, recently met at the World Triathlon Leeds to hold its first meeting of the year where several strong governance policies were reviewed.

The Board also discussed several important topics including funds for development projects, event sanction rules, best ethics practices, the approval of future ITU calendars, and more.

“More than ever it is important to ensure strong governance policies are in place,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado. “I’m very proud that our Executive Board came forward with several proposals to ensure triathlon remain a leader in fair sport. I’m confident ITU is continuing to move in the right direction.”

During the three-day meeting, the Board reviewed an Ethics Code developed by the ITU Constitution Committee. The purpose of this Code is to safeguard the integrity, reputation and the interests of all the stakeholders in the sport of Triathlon including, but not limited to, the National Federations, Continental Confederations, Athletes, Race Organisers, Officials, Sponsors, spectators and the ITU organisation itself.

The Code’s aim will be to protect the image of the sport of Triathlon from jeopardy or harm as a result of immoral or unethical activities, methods and practices and to ensure the sport’s commitment to the Olympic ideal.

In following with recommendations from ITU’s Constitution Committee, the ITU Executive Board voted on procedures for the 2016 ITU elections, which will be conducted in December at the ITU Congress in Madrid. Included in the proposal was to ensure gender balance on each ITU Committee and Constitution, as well as to introduce three term limits for the ITU Presidency. The term limits proposal will be reviewed by the Constitution Committee, and voted on by member National Federations at Congress in December.

The Board also accepted a proposal that outlines the conditions required of any international Triathlon event wishing to be sanctioned by ITU, including those organised by private companies. National events, organized by any private organisers, must be sanctioned by the ITU member National Federation (NF) in the respective country.

As previously announced, the Board elected Lausanne as the host city of the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, as well as decided on who would represent ITU on the Paratriathlon Bipartite Commission, and on various rule updates. These will be made public in the coming days.

The Board will again meet in Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games, as well as at the end of the year at the Annual Congress in December.