Under the leadership of ITU President Marisol Casado, the ITU Executive Board has met for two days in the Spanish capital, Madrid. The Board met to ‘debate over an extensive agenda, make significant changes in the ITU Constitution and review the implementation of the Strategic Plan’.
The members of the Executive Board made a review of the new text of ITU’s Constitution. This will be presented for approval at the next ITU Congress. The Board also approved a new safeguarding policy against harassment and abuse in triathlon.
In addition, it was approved to increase the representation of athletes in the Executive Board; and the Board proposed to have a second member, with voting rights, of the Athletes Committee in the decision-making body of triathlon. The two athlete representatives will have to be of different gender, to comply with the continuous support of the organization for gender balance.
With the future of the sport in mind, the members of the Executive Board reviewed the implementation of the ITU Strategic Plan 2017-2021, and received detailed updates of the preparation for the upcoming major events. These include:
- Tokyo 2020 Olympics
- Paris 2024 Olympics
- Lima 2019 PanAmerican Games
- San Diego 2019 Beach Games
- Youth Olympic Games in Dakar
The Board also focused on the preparation for the 2019 Multisport World Championships in Pontevedra and the 2019 WTS Grand Final in Lausanne.
Looking forward, the Board approved the selection of International Technical Officials that will officiate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and gave the green light to the 2019 Hall of Fame inductees, who will be present in the gala that will celebrate ITU’s 30th anniversary this summer in Lausanne.
The members of the Executive Board also received an intermediate report regarding the new proposals of competition structure for the future and gave some strategic directions for next steps, as well as made some adjustments to the 2019 World Cup calendar to be communicated shortly.
The President of ITU also held a ‘fruitful meeting with the Presidents of the Continental Confederations, in order to review the roles among all’. In the agenda was also the review of the National Federations report, a comprehensive survey developed by ITU to map the activities of the National Federations over a classification system, with the aim to distribute the development programmes and funds in a more effective way in the future.
ITU also decided to sign up for the Sport for Climate Action, an initiative of the IOC.