ITU President Looks for Triathlon Mixed Relay to Be Added to Olympics

By Community | May 19, 2014

Marisol Casado, President of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and IOC Member, this weekend set out her vision for the organisation, highlighting the desire for Triathlon Mixed Relay to be added to the Olympic Sports Programme

The ITU President, speaking at a press conference following a World Triathlon Series event in Yokohama, Japan, said: “Looking ahead, the ITU remains committed and passionate about seeing Triathlon Mixed Relay added to the Olympic Sports Programme and we are keen to promote it in the context of Agenda 2020 and President Bach’s desire for positive change.

“With unpredictable drama and the display of team pride, the format appeals tremendously to youth. If added to the Olympic Programme, the Mixed Relay discipline has the ability to showcase triathlon to a new generation, while also bringing a new youthful audience to the Olympic Games.”

Casado also praised the Japanese Triathlon Union and the local organising committee for hosting a highly successful, multi-discipline event that saw elite athletes compete in both Triathlon and Paratriathlon.

Speaking in Yokohama, Japan, Marisol Casado, said:

“Yokohama has played an important role in the history and the positive development of the World Triathlon Series. Since the first race here in 2009, the local organising committee and the Japanese Triathlon Union have put on a phenomenal race and the Japanese people are amongst the most enthusiastic and welcoming in the world. This all bodes well for our sport coming to Japan for Tokyo 2020.

The ITU President also expressed her confidence in preparations for Rio 2016:
“We are excited about showcasing triathlon at the beautiful, iconic location of Copacabana Beach. This will be the perfect setting for elite triathlon and we know our sport will play a big part in making the Games truly spectacular.”