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IRONMAN acquisition of Lagardère Sports discussed in ITU meeting with IOC

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Last week, International Triathlon Union (ITU) President and IOC Member Marisol Casado met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach to discuss several recent updates from the triathlon world, as well as the advancement that ITU has made on its good governance policies.

As part of the measures included in the IOC’s Agenda 2020, Casado had the opportunity to explain to Bach the different good governance measures taken by ITU in recent months, including the publication of budgets on the ITU website, as well as the minutes of assemblies and meetings in a new specially designated section of the international triathlon governing body’s website.

Bach and Casado also discussed various ideas on ways to improve anti-doping measures that international federations can take to ensure athletes compete in an equal playing field.

Also on the agenda of the meeting, was the agreement reached between Dalian Wanda Group, the company that recently bought IRONMAN, and its recent acquisition of the endurance division of Lagardère Sports.

For ITU, this agreement means ‘building stronger relationships with IRONMAN, so we can both continue working to establish triathlon as one of the most attractive sports in the world for both athletes and spectators.’

On Tuesday, Casado also attended the SportAccord Council meeting in which the decision was taken to postpone merging with SportAccord Convention. Instead, SportAccord will continue working on its governance structure before merging both institutions into one organization.

Last year, ITU became one of a number of international federations to join the exodus from umbrella body SportAccord following an attack by SportAccord President Marius Vizer on the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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