Triathlon’s profile on the global sporting stage has received a further shot in the arm. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has confirmed the election of ITU President Marisol Casado as one of six new IOC Members at the 122nd IOC Session, ahead of the Winter Olympic Games.
Casado’s election to the IOC as a full member is an honour for the entire triathlon community and further reinforces the International Triathlon Union’s commitment to the global development of the sport.
Casado has extensive experience and expertise in the Olympic sport of triathlon, being one of the founders of the Spanish Triathlon Federation and intimately involved in the creation of ITU. She served as Secretary General of the Spanish Triathlon Federation (1989-1994 and 1997-2008), concurrently acting as Treasurer of ITU (1992-1994 and 2000-2008).
"It is truly a great honour to be elected as an IOC Member," Casado said. "I would like to extend gratitude to my new colleagues for their warmest support. I am also deeply grateful to the entire triathlon family whom I have been working with more than 30 years. Contributing to the future of the Olympic movement, I would like to dedicate myself to this new responsibility.”
Casado added, “I believe triathlon is a sport which promotes the Olympic ideals and a sport which can address issues such as environmental awareness and a healthy lifestyle. Triathlon is a young inspirational sport which links sport competition at its highest level to a healthy balanced lifestyle for all participants of all abilities. Global sport development as typified by Team ITU – a support project for talented athletes in emerging/developing national federations – has always been our core activity, in keeping with the spirit of the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity programmes.