|Dear Technical Official Friends,
The World Triathlon season is over, but many more events are to come in the final 3 months of the year. We have a number of World Cups, Continental Cups and even Continental Championships coming up, but the focus is already on the 2018 season.
Before going too far ahead, it is time to recap briefly the Grand Final in Rotterdam. As always, such events are very challenging from the technical and officiating point of view. The location and the courses brought a lot of challenges this time, which brought some difficult moments for the team. In the end, the team working closely with the LOC, the Dutch Federation, all the officials and all parties involved saw mostly smiling faces of athletes at the finish line. Our team was led by Thanos Nikopoulos and Sarah Taylor as TDs and Sander Verheuvel, Eriketti Margari and Dag Oliver as assistant TDs. We were also very fortunate with having Leslie Buchanan and Frank Stapleton sharing the Race Referee duties. Of course, the tireless work of the joint team of Dutch and self-funded international officials made all of this happen in the end.
We have already had two World Cups since Rotterdam with both locations new on the World Cup circuit. Thanks to the team in Huelva led by Jan Philipp Krawczyk and Jorge Garcia, this time from the LOC side in Huelva, and Melody Tan in Weihai.
In Rotterdam, the 2018 calendar was released including the World Cup events and all the Paratriathlon events. Some more announcements are to come in the coming weeks, but there will not be significant additions to the events. We are working closely with the Continental Confederations, so hopefully the Continental calendars will also be released shortly. The events are encouraged to provide accommodation for self-funded officials more in the coming season, so hopefully we will see many of you officiating actively.
This is the time for planning ahead, which will bring the rule revisions on to the agenda. The Technical Committee will have a long meeting again at the end of October to prepare all of the updates for the Executive Board meeting in December, followed by the release of the new rules.
All the best to everyone for the remaining of the season!
ITU Sport Director