The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has issued a statement following its change of heart about the displaying of rainbow flags at ITU events around the world…
‘The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has decided to immediately change the rule that stated that ‘Athletes will avoid displaying any kind of demonstration of political, religious, sexual orientation or racial propaganda’, so that ‘sexual orientation’ will be immediately removed.
‘The ITU is aware of articles published recently suggesting that our institution was banning the rainbow flag at our events. We would like to clarify that we have always stood for equality, inclusion and respect, and would never knowingly take such a decision that would infringe on the rights and freedoms of people to express themselves and banning the display of rainbow flags.
‘ITU is proud to be an organisation that is absolutely inclusive from its inception, and will continue to be so in the future.’