Following the release of the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Series calendar last month, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed dates and distances for each race.
The 2016 WTS schedule is now complete with the addition of Cape Town to the 2016 schedule. The schedule also contains confirmed dates for both Gold Coast in Australia and Edmonton in Canada.
The 2016 series will stop in nine cities across five continents, with six races featuring Olympic distance races, while three events will offer sprints.
Yokohama remains the last WTS event to score 2016 Olympic Qualification Points, while Hamburg in Germany will serve as the final WTS event ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The German city will also host the Mixed Relay World Championships.
- Abu Dhabi, UAE – March 4-5 – Olympic
- Gold Coast, Australia – April 9-10 – Olympic
- Cape Town, South Africa– April 23-24 – Sprint
- Yokohama, Japan – May 14-15 – Olympic
- Leeds, England – June 11-12 – Olympic
- Stockholm, Sweden – July 2-3 – Olympic
- Hamburg, Germany – July 16-17 – Sprint
- Edmonton, Canada – September 3-4 – Sprint
- Cozumel, Mexico – September 11-18 – Olympic
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of triathlon and all related multisport disciplines including Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. It has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then and also has offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain.
It now has over 160 affiliated National Federations on five continents and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games. Triathlon was awarded Olympic Games status in 1994 and made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is also featured in the Asian Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games.
Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and will make its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016. ITU is committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level.