The ITU Executive Board met on 18-19 April in Seoul, South Korea to ‘address many important topics at their first meeting after the 29th Congress held in Spain in December 2016’.
During two days of meetings, the Board, presided by ITU’s President Marisol Casado, agreed on launching the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2018 World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. After releasing the bid document in the coming days, cities will be encouraged to send their proposals for the 2018 calendar.
Furthermore, the Executive Board awarded the ITU 2018 Winter Triathlon World Championship to the city of Cheile Gradistei, in Romania. In addition to the Elite World Championship, the Balkan town will also welcome Under23, Junior, Paratriathlon and Age Group athletes to vie for a chance at becoming the next World Champion in their respective divisions.
One of the purposes of the meeting was to ‘analyze the competition structure within ITU and to explore the possible improvements, changes and adaptations’. The Board members also had the chance to review the documents sent to the IOC to formally bid for Mixed Relay to be included on the Olympic Programme at Tokyo 2020. A release from ITU noted that the ‘bid proposal emphasizes the great asset that Mixed Relay is, not only to our sport, but to the Olympic movement and gender balance in sport’.
With the future in mind, members of the Executive Board received an update on the venue, programme and calendar planned for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as well as the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Looking forward, members of the Board also decided to start preparations for the development of the new ITU Strategic Plan 2018-2021.
As the ITU President arrived in Seoul following a full week of meetings in Denmark during SportAccord, the members of the Executive Board were informed of all the discussions held with ASOIF, SportAccord and the WADA Congress, held last month in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The Board also had the opportunity to discuss the latest updates of the current conversations with IRONMAN, since signing an MOU with the organisation.
The Executive Board approved the President’s proposal to establish term limits for ITU Board members. The term limits will be introduced during the next Congress to be held in Rotterdam, in September 2017.
After two days of meetings, members of the Executive Board were greeted by the President of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games Organising Committee, Mr Hee-Beom Lee, and Vice President, Mr Jaeyoul Kim, where they were treated to a visit through the venues that will host the Winter Olympic Games next year.
ITU President Marisol Casado extended the Board’s gratitude to the Korean Olympic Committee and President of the committee, Mr Kee-Heung Lee, and the Korean Triathlon Federation, presided by Mr Justin Park, ‘for the warm welcome to their country and their hospitality during the visit’.