Malaga in Spain will host the 2024 edition of the prestigious World Triathlon Championship Finals.

In the announcement made by World Triathlon yesterday (May 9), it was also revealed that the city will host the governing body's annual congress.

The categories in which World Triathlon's flagship Championship Finals event crowns world champions are Elite, U23, Junior, and Para, Mixed Relay for U23 and Juniors, Age-Group Standard distance, Age-Group Sprint distance, Age-Group Aquabike Standard distance, and Age-Group Mixed Relay.

Previous hosts of the World Triathlon Championship Finals include London (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Beijing (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Chicago (US), Gold Coast (Australia), Lausanne (Switzerland), Edmonton (Canada), and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates).

The 2023 edition will take place in Pontevedra, which is also in Spain.

World Triathlon president and IOC member, Marisol Casado, said: “The commitment from the [Spanish Triathlon Federation] to our sport, elevating the organization of top-level triathlon events is just outstanding, and words cannot express how thankful we all are for their commitment.

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“The location is just perfect, with warm temperatures, an incredible venue, and a course right through the heart of the city, one of Europe’s best tourist destinations. I am truly convinced that the experience for athletes, volunteers, and fans from all over the world will be one to remember.”

Jose Hidalgo, president of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, added: “Awarding the Championship Finals to Malaga might come as a surprise, but we could not miss the opportunity, neither [the Spanish Triathlon Federation] nor World Triathlon, to once again work together and partner with a city as committed to sports as the Andalusian Government, making a great effort to deliver large competitions in the region.

“This year, the commitment of Spain to triathlon has been fantastic, with Ibiza, Madrid, and Pontevedra hosting major World Triathlon events, and announcing that next year we will have the Finals in Malaga and the 2025 Multisport Championships in Pontevedra, confirms our status on the international scene.”

Francisco de la Torre, Mayor of Malaga, said: “We are delighted with this decision, which consolidates our city, the whole province and the Costa del Sol region, as one of the best destinations in the world for sport and tourism, and I am sure that the city will prove that right. We are ready to welcome triathletes from all over the world and give them the best experience ever.”