ITU strikes Cape Town and Antwerp from 2020 World Cup calendar
The International Triathlon Union, the sport's governing body, has been forced to cancel World Cup rounds in Cape Town, South Africa and Antwerp, Belgium in 2020, citing financial and political issues, respectively.
The ITU executive board announced today that the Cape Town race will not be staged because of the failure to land commercial partners.
The ITU even intervened to assist local organisers and Triathlon South Africa on the search for sponsors, but said the decision to cancel the event now should "minimise as much as possible the impact that this will have in the athletes and coaches planning for the 2020 season."
Cape Town has been the World Cup season-opener for the past few years.
In the case of the Antwerp World Cup, due to take place on 21 June, the change in the city's municipal government has led to the organisers not having the usual support from the necessary stakeholders.
The organisation of the World Cup In the same location as the two previous years, with the same course and the same atmosphere is "at the moment not possible, therefore the organisers and the Belgium National Federation have requested that the event is removed from the ITU calendar," the ITU said.
The governing body said it will work with officials in both Cape Town and Antwerp to have the events returned to the calendar for 2021.
As it stands the 2020 ITU World Cup will get under way in Mooloolaba (Australia) on 14 March, with other events planned throughout the year for: Sarasota (USA); New Plymouth (New Zealand); Brasilia (Brazil); Huatulco (Mexico); Valencia and Madrid (Spain); Chengdu and Weihai (China); Arzachena (Italy); Tiszaujvaros (Hungary); Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic); Tongyeong (South Korea); and Miyazako (Japan).