The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has confirmed the addition of Magog (Canada) to the 2018 Paratriathlon World Cup calendar. The race will be celebrated together with the existing ITU event on 14 July 2018.
“We are extremely proud to add one more race to our Paratriathlon calendar for this season,” said ITU President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado. “With a total of eight Para World Cup races, and three World Paratriathlon Series, our athletes will have plenty of opportunities to shine and develop.”
The cancellation of the New Orleans Paratriathlon World Cup event limited the number of Paratriathlon races in the Americas to one, Sarasota PWC in October. Since this cancellation ITU has been working with national federations and organizing committees to try to add more races to the 2018 calendar, especially in that region.
Magog hosted a Para World Cup in 2017, and with that experience, the ITU team is ‘confident that they can host the event in 2018 successfully. ITU wants to thank Triathlon Canada for their help on this matter.’
In 2018,the paratriathlon calendar will be one of the largest ever, with three World Paratriathlon Series events taking place. The World Paratriathlon Series will start in Yokohama, along with the World Triathlon Series (WTS) event, and then heads to Iseo (Italy) for the first time ever. Edmonton will follow and then paratriathlon will move to the close of the season at the Gold Coast World Championships.
The Paratriathlon World Cup calendar includes eight stops this season, with the first event taking place in Devonport (Australia), followed by moves to Aguilas (Spain), Eton Dorney (UK), Besancon (France), Magog (Canada), Lausanne (Switzerland), Sarasota (USA) and Funchal (Portugal).
Classification for visually impaired athletes has also been confirmed at the Eton Dorney PWC for Saturday 26th May 2018.