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There’s good news for up-and-com­ing triath­letes across the globe: ITU is ex­pand­ing its de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme for the 2017 sea­son.

In a dou­ble cash and coach­ing boost, ath­letes in de­vel­op­ing and emerg­ing tri fed­er­a­tions will be able to ap­ply for funded travel as­sis­tance and coach­ing sup­port at seven ITU Triathlon World Cup races – an in­crease of three races from 2016.

“We iden­ti­fied the need to in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for ath­letes to race at more World Cups, and there­fore cre­ated joint projects on two con­ti­nents where ath­letes will be able to take fur­ther ad­van­tage of the Team ITU re­sources,” said ITU Pres­i­dent and IOC Mem­ber Marisol Casado.

For the first time, Na­tional Fed­er­a­tions can nom­i­nate a coach to travel with Team ITU to learn from a world-renowned ITU Head Coach at each World Cup.

“Not only is it vi­tal for de­vel­op­ing ath­letes to learn from the world’s best triathlon coaches, we want to make sure we ed­u­cate coaches so that they can carry this ed­u­ca­tion back to their own re­gions to de­velop ath­letes,” Casado said. “In this man­ner we aren’t only de­vel­op­ing one ath­lete for the next Olympic cy­cle, we are ed­u­cat­ing some­one that can de­velop many ath­letes over a life­time.”

ITU’s pri­mary ob­ject is to pro­vide sup­port, re­sources and ex­per­tise to ath­letes from emerg­ing and de­vel­op­ing Na­tional Fed­er­a­tions who have the po­ten­tial to com­pete at the World Cup level, as well as to qual­ify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Ad­di­tion­ally, ITU aims to in­crease the num­ber of coaches from these Na­tional Fed­er­a­tions who can pre­pare and sup­port ath­letes com­pet­ing at a World Cup level.

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