They haven’t al­ways seen eye to eye, but a unique part­ner­ship has been an­nounced be­tween the In­ter­na­tional Triathlon Union and Iron­man

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he union be­tween two of the big­gest names in triathlon, the ITU and Iron­man, marks a re­mark­able step for­ward in mend­ing the chasm that once yawned be­tween the two bod­ies un­der their pre­de­ces­sors. Ac­cord­ing to Slow Twitch the ITU twice took le­gal ac­tion to stop Iron­man from call­ing its races world cham­pi­onships, los­ing on both oc­ca­sions. The row cul­mi­nated in Iron­man be­ing ex­pelled from ITU’s gov­er­nance for two years from 2004 to 2006.

But over the last few years, un­der the lead­er­ship of ITU Pres­i­dent Marisol Casado and Iron­man Pres­i­dent and CEO An­drew Mes­sick, the two have not only mended bridges but be­gan to work closely to­gether.

Now, af­ter a week of meet­ings at Iron­man’s head­quar­ters in Florida, the two have signed a “his­toric co‑op­er­a­tion frame­work to fur­ther de­velop and grow triathlon”.

Se­nior lead­ers, in­clud­ing these two lead­ers have signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing agree­ing to a number of key pri­or­i­ties on every­thing from stan­dar­d­is­ing rules and mak­ing the sport cleaner and safer, to boost­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at age-group level. The agree­ment in­cludes: • Har­mon­is­ing anti-dop­ing ef­forts to con­tinue to pro­tect clean ath­letes and the in­tegrity of the sport • Work­ing to­wards ITU be­ing rec­og­nized as the sin­gu­lar in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tion lead­ing the sport of triathlon • The ITU sanc­tion­ing select Iron­man events as in­ter­na­tional events • The ITU lead­ing co-or­di­na­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with its mem­ber Na­tional Fed­er­a­tions to im­ple­ment stan­dard­ized rules and re­in­force the ITU’s “Clean, Fair & Safe” man­date • Iron­man will lever­age ITU re­sources in cer­tain ethics-re­lated mat­ters, in­clud­ing tech­no­log­i­cal fraud, code of con­duct, ma­nip­u­lat­ing of sport com­pe­ti­tion • Work­ing to­wards a sin­gle set of rules (ITU Com­pe­ti­tion Rules) for long-dis­tance triathlon be­gin­ning in 2018 • De­vel­op­ing an ath­lete-fo­cused edi­tion of those rules with spe­cific dis­tance cat­e­gories • Align­ment of ef­forts to fos­ter the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the sport specif­i­cally fo­cused on safety, first-time ath­letes, de­vel­op­ment of women in the sport, and ed­u­ca­tion.

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