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ITU Family Newsletter_May 2017

Athletes and Federations back the #TriMixedRelays bid


As you probably already know, ITU is trying to get the Mixed Relays included on the Olympic programme for Tokyo 2020. To help with the promotion of this event, which is a role model within the sports community in terms of gender balance, and also a great spectacle for athletes and spectators, ITU has launch a campaign on social media called the Virtual Relay.
We want the whole Triathlon Family, from triathletes to National Federations, organisers and stakeholders, to showcase their support for the event, so if you want to join the campaign, go ahead and go to your social media channels using the hashtag #TriMixedRelays. And make sure you tag some more people, to keep the ball rolling.
ITU President’s Corner
In April I had the great honor to be appointed to four of the IOC Commissions. During the next year, I will serve on the Women and Sport, Olympic Solidarity, Public Affairs and Social Development Through Sport and Evaluation for the Games of the XXXIII Olympiad Commissions, while ITU Honorary Member Dr. Sarah Springman will serve on the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission.

I am particularly pleased by the fact that 38% of the places of the 26 IOC Commissions are now held by women. The new make-up of the IOC Commissions, which will provide assistance to the IOC and the Olympic Games Organising Committees, is also marked by the inclusion of young men and women who represent a new generation and will be the sports leaders of tomorrow. Read more.I was also elected to the Council of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) at the General Assembly held in Aarhus, Denmark. Read more.
Also in April, the ITU Executive Board met in Seoul, South Korea to address many important topics at their first meeting after the 29th Congress held in Spain in December 2016.

During two fruitful days of meetings, the Board, presided by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, agreed on launching the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2018 World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. The Board also analyzed the competition structure within ITU and explored the possible improvements, changes and adaptations. The Board members also had the chance to review the documents sent to the IOC to formally bid for Mixed Relay to be included on the Olympic Programme Tokyo 2020.  Read more

Bidding for WTS and World Cups 2018 opens


The International Triathlon Union has opened bidding for the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Series, as well as the 2018 ITU World Cups. Interested cities must send their applications before June 20. Hosting a WTS event offers cities the opportunity to showcase themselves to millions of people via a live international television broadcast in addition to attracting thousands of international guests and race participants.  Interested cities have to send their applications before 20 June, 2017.
Click here to download the bid document for the 2018 WTS events
Click here to download the bid document for the 2018 World Cup events
Romania awarded the 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships

The 2018 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships has been awarded to Cheile Gradistei, Romania, and will be held in January 2018. Winter triathlon is one of the newest events on ITU’s calendar, with elite athletes going for an 8 km run on the snow, 14 km of MTB also on the snow and 12 km of cross country skiing.
In addition to the Elite World Championship, Cheile Gradistei will welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions. Read more.

Team ITU 2017 debuts in Chengdu World Cup

This is the first year after the Olympic Games that ITU Development is looking for potential athletes who could become a member of Team ITU Tokyo  2020.

After Rio we already selected three athletes as members for Tokyo 2020 Team ITU, Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Jason Wilson (BAR) and Ron Darmon (ISR).

Another 8 athletes have been selected as Team ITU to participate at the 2017 Chengdu World Cup this weekend. We will be closely following them and keep you updated on their progress.

Penticton excitement continues with only 4 months to go! 

The sun is shining in Penticton and the promise of a beautiful summer is around the corner! We’re officially less than four months away from the inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships Festival and we couldn’t be more excited. And there’s still time for athletes to plan their trips and register for any of the multiple events.
Course maps have been released for all six World Championship races.  You can view the maps as well as see the awesome athlete swag bag, individual finisher items and finisher medals to get you motivated during these weeks of training. Read more.

ICCE Global Coach Conference
Every two years, the International Council for Coaching Excellence Global Coach Conference brings together coaches, educators, researchers, sport scientists, technical directors and sport administrators to learn about new coaching research and to share experiences. In 2017, the conference theme is ‘Challenging Sport Coaching Frontiers: The Role of Sport Science and Technology’, and will take place from 31 July – 2 August at the ACC Liverpool (UK) hosted by Liverpool John Moores University and the ICCE. For information on how to attend, read more. 
Anti Doping Updates
WADA issues a call for proposals for its 2018 Social Science Research Grant Program.  Proposals can be submitted from universities, colleges, small businesses, for-profit and not-profit organizations no later than 3 July 2017 (00:00 GMT). All submissions will be evaluated by external peer reviewers, whose recommendations will then be examined by WADA’s Social Science Research Review Panel and Education Committee before being presented to WADA’s Executive Committee for approval. WADA will notify all applicants of the outcome in December 2017.For further information regarding the 2018 Social Science Research Grant Program, including the application process, please visit the research grants application platform.

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