The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and ASTC (Asian Triathlon Confederation) held a Technical Official Level 1 Seminar from 11-12 September at the Bahrain National Stadium in Riffa. ITU Facilitator, Melody Tan from Malaysia trained up a new batch of technical officials to apply the ITU Competition Rules at the growing number of ITU and ASTC events in Asia. Thirteen participants attended this inaugural seminar from Bahrain.
“Most of the participants are triathletes or marshals from the local triathlon races so they are familiar with a triathlon race and are keen to learn about officiating,” said Melody Tan, ITU Facilitator. Most participants were happy to be given the opportunity to be a part of this seminar, learn from ITU and ASTC race experiences. They also look forward to officiating at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi.
“I am very happy and thankful to ITU and ASTC for providing us this wonderful opportunity,” said Dr Sheikh Saqer Al Khalifa, Bahrain Triathlon Association President.
He continued, “We have established our association very recently, however, our ambitions are large and this is the much needed step for Bahrain to begin actively becoming part of the triathlon community internationally. We have really enjoyed this course, and hopefully we will continue our development programs with ITU and ASTC. I am very thankful for Melody’s professionalism and information.”