ITU pushes 2020 Multisport World Championships back 12 months
The International Triathlon Union, the sport’s governing body, has been forced to postpone its 2020 Multisport World Championships in Almere, the Netherlands by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The championships attracts more than 8,000 triathletes competing in sprint duathlon, short distance duathlon, cross triathlon, aquathlon, aquabike and a classic triathlon long distance.
The 10-day event was scheduled to run from 4 to 13 September but will now be held a year later from 3 to 12 September, also in Almere.
The postponement of this year’s event has had a knock-on effect on future Multisport World Championships, with next year’s event due to be held in Townsville, Australia now moved to 2022, and the 200 event scheduled for Nice, France pushed back to 2023.
Marisol Casado, ITU president, said: “This has not been an easy decision to take for any of us, but considering the situation facing athletes around the world, many of the with insufficient access to training due to lockdown, and with travel restrictions still applying in many countries, we all agreed that the best option for all concerned was to move the events forward by one year.”
The ITU has already postponed its World Triathlon Series, which was due to get under way in Abu Dhabi in March, but is hopeful of rescheduling the events at the end of the year.