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ASICS World Triathlon Team 2019 calendar confirmed

ITU’s development partnership with high-performance sports equipment giant ASICS enters its second season this year, ready to build on the performances and progress of 2018. The ASICS World Triathlon Team project provides support, resources and expertise to emerging National Federations’ young athletes with the potential to compete at a World Cup and even Olympic level.

The initiative also identifies and nurtures junior athletes ‘starting out on their triathlon journeys to Olympic qualification for Paris 2024 and beyond, but would struggle to find that support at home.’

Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja was among those on the team to shine in 2018, securing a first-ever World Cup podium with a stong performance in Karlovy Vary. Kivioja and Finland’s Henrik Goesch are the first names onto the ASICS World Triathlon Team for Tokyo 2020, with Iceland’s Aquathlon World Champion Edda Hannesdottir, Namibia’s Jean Paul Burger, Morocco’s Africa Champion Badr Siwane and Philippines’ Marion Kim Magrobang among those knocking at the door.

“The selection of the 2019 World Cup events for ASICS World Triathlon Team project focuses on the second Olympic Qualification Year, to support developing athletes as they seek to increase their Olympic qualification points as much as possible, before coming to the final push in the first half of 2020,” said ITU Senior Development Manager Zita Csovelyak.

“This year is vital to improve and strengthen their position on the ITU World Rankings or ITU Individual Olympic Qualification Rankings, and that will bring an added dimension to the races.”

This year’s five ASICS World Triathlon Team events begin at the Huatulco World Cup in Mexico on 8-9 June, with applications to be received by 8 April. The team will move on to the Astana World Cup one week later, Karlovy Vary on 24-25 August, Weihai 21-22 September and Tongyeong 19 October.

All athletes selected will be provided with a travel stipend, accommodation, food and the support of world-class coaching, physio and bike mechanics. For the first time, coaches from developing triathlon nations are also invited to apply, with one place available for each project.

The races on the 2019 calendar for the ASICS World Triathlon Team are as follows:

2019 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup (Mexico)
Distance: Sprint | Date: 8-9 June 2019
Application Deadline: 8 April 2019

2019 Astana ITU Triathlon World Cup (Kazakhstan)
Distance: Standard | Date: 15-16 June 2019
Application Deadline: 8 April 2019

2019 Karlovy Vary ITU Triathlon World Cup (Czech Republic)
Distance: Standard | Date: 24-25 August 2019
Application Deadline: 1 July 2019

2019 Weihai ITU Triathlon World Cup (China)
Distance: Standard | Date: 21-22 September 2019
Application Deadline: 29 July 2019

2019 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup (South Korea)
Distance: Sprint | Date: 19 October 2019
Application Deadline: 2 September 2019

Applicants should complete an online application form and forward to development[at]triathlon.org on or before the due dates.




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