2012 ITU World Championship Final to be held in Auckland

June 29, 2010

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that Auckland, New Zealand will host the 2012 ITU World Championship Series Grand Final.

Auckland was awarded the bid over cities from Asia, the Middle-East and Europe. The Grand Final is the biggest event in the ITU calendar each year and Auckland will be the final race to decide the 2012 World Champions.

Triathlon New Zealand CEO Dave Beeche said: “Hosting this World Championship Series Grand Final will be a huge boost for the profile of Auckland and New Zealand, with an estimated global audience in excess of 13 million watching on TV.

“But just as important is what this event will do for the sport and the profile here in New Zealand.This is like the Olympics coming to town for our sport – the very best in the world will race the likes of Bevan Docherty, Kris Gemmell, Andrea Hewitt and Debbie Tanner in our own backyard.”

This year’s ITU World Championship Series Grand Final will take place in Budapest, Hungary, while the 2011 race will be held in Beijing, China.