ITU and Iron­man sign MOU

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - NEWS -

The days of full-fledged fight­ing be­tween the In­ter­na­tional Triathlon Union (ITU) and Iron­man seemed to pretty much end once Marisol Casado took over from Les Mcdon­ald as the ITU pres­i­dent. Dur­ing the ’90s and early 2000s the two or­ga­ni­za­tions seemed to clash over a va­ri­ety of is­sues and, at one point, Iron­man had to cre­ate its own in­sur­ance pro­gram be­cause the ITU wouldn’t sanc­tion it’s events.

Things are much more am­i­ca­ble these days (es­pe­cially since Iron­man bought events com­pany La­gardère Sports and be­came the owner of five of the ITU’S World Triathlon Se­ries events) and in Fe­bru­ary the two or­ga­ni­za­tions signed a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) “to en­sure the growth and har­mo­niza­tion of the sport.”

Among the key pri­or­i­ties the ITU and Iron­man have agreed to are: Har­mo­niz­ing 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 ethic­sre­lated mat­ters, in­clud­ing tech­no­log­i­cal fraud, code of con­duct, ma­nip­u­lat­ing of sport com­pe­ti­tion, etc. 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. Of most in­ter­est for ath­letes will be the anti-dop­ing ef­forts and the “sin­gle set of rules” which should re­duce the con­fu­sion many ath­letes have about things like the draft­ing zone and other rules when they race abroad.—km

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