The International Triathlon Union – in accordance with the Asian Triathlon Confederation and the Japanese Triathlon Union – has decided that the Osaka ITU event in 2020, that had been previously announced as a World Cup, will be a Continental Cup.
The 2020 Osaka NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup will take place on May 23, 2020.
A release from ITU noted… ‘After numerous conversations with the organisers, they have decided, with the full support of ITU, JTU and ASTC, to have an Asian Cup in 2020, and try to work with local sponsors and partners to include the Japanese city back in the World Cup circuit in 2021.’
With this change, the ITU World Cup series for 2020 will include 15 events – starting the season in Mooloolaba (Australia) in March, and finishing in Miyazaki (Japan) late October. As in 2019, TriathlonLIVE.tv, will continue to feature racing from all World Cups to desktops, tablets and smartphones.
The new-look channel from ITU, ‘brought to you by Texaco’, will offer all races live and on-demand, as well as hours of extra content, exclusive interviews, behind the scenes videos and ‘stacks more triathlon coverage’.
ITU’s Triathlon World Cup competitions are the second tier events for ITU, intended to provide a solid and professional base for triathletes pursuing entry to the World Triathlon Series. This year, and until May 31, races will also provide valuable points for the Olympic Qualification Rankings. ITU adds that these events are also ‘aligned with ITU Development programmes, carry a prize purse, and have significant global media, television and internet coverage, making it attractive for tourist locations and major cities.’