Samstag, 10. Juni 2017

IOC includes the Triathlon Mixed Relays on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The team around Marisol Casado, International Triathlon Union's President has reached another milestone in development and recognition of endurance sport Triathlon. After a long lobbying and team effort Triathlon Mixed Relays will be introduced into the Olympic program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
"ITU is pleased to announce that the Triathlon Mixed Relays has been included on the Programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee announced on Friday June 9 the new events added for the next Olympics, which will be Triathlon Mixed Relays, Basketball 3x3, Archery Mixed Team event, 4x400 mixed relays in athletics, BMX freestyle Park, Madison in Cycling, team events in fencing, mixed team event in judo, mixed doubles in table tennis and 4x100m medley mixed relay in swimming.

In August 2020, the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo will host the third triathlon event during the next Olympics, giving triathletes the possibility to earn another Olympic medal. The Mixed Relays will represent a catalyst on the promotion of women athletes within all NOCs around the world, as it completely fulfils the Agenda 2020 requirements.

Marisol Casado, President of ITU and IOC Member, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this decision. We’ve been pushing for the Mixed Relays to be included in the Programme for quite a long time, as it is an event that gives the sport something very important: a sense of team building. But most important, is an event that demonstrates that women and men can compete together but both are equally important to the success of the team.

IOC President, Mr Thomas Bach, said: The fascinating new vents that we approved today, together with the five new sports that were added to the Tokyo 2020 programme last year, represent a step-change in the Olympic programme. I am delighted that the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 will be more youthful, more urban and will include more women”.

The Mixed Relays is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women completing each a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 8km bike, 2km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take over. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit.

With no extra athletes needed to be added to the Olympic Programme, and lots of extra excitement ensured, the Mixed Relays are also backed by triathlon fans and event organizers around the world. “It will be amazing if we could have two opportunities to get a medal at the Olympic Games,” said American Gwen Jorgensen. An Olympic winner herself in Rio 2016, she was one of the first triathletes backing ITU’s proposal of including the Mixed Relays on the Olympic Programme for Tokyo 2020. Hundreds of triathletes around the world, National Federations and Organizers of events have also joined the campaign.

“It was great to have the current Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee; Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Brownlee; ITU World Champion Non Stanford and current ITU World Champion Flora Duffy announcing this exciting news, as part of the athletes commitment with the gender equality policies we always support and encourage at ITU. We are proud that this message was given by our athletes to all the triathlon fans around the world, and also to the Olympic family”, said Casado.

The energetic, exciting, uncompromising and action-packed format also appeals tremendously to youth, as the Mixed Relay format showcases Triathlon to a new generation.

The excitement and drama of the Mixed Relay also makes it a marketable, spectator-friendly discipline that is dramatic viewing for television spectators and digital media.  Indeed, the Mixed Relay has massive engagement across media, with over 7 million TV spectators worldwide, 19 television outlets airing the World Championships, and 250,000 spectators lining the streets each year to enjoy live the Mixed Relays Worlds.

The Mixed Relays are already included in the programme of the Youth Olympic Games, the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, and have been recently added on the programme for the PanAmerican Games to be held in Lima 2018. The next World Championship will be held in Hamburg (Germany) on July 16.

Every year, over 60 countries organise Mixed Relay events, each with an average of 25 teams participating. A thrilling and engaging format in which National Federations are challenged to develop Triathlon for women and men equally across all levels of participation.  It also provides Triathletes with the opportunity to win more than one medal at the Olympics.

We are delighted to welcome another event, the Mixed Relays, to the Olympic races, and we are sure that with its unpredictable drama and the display of team pride, the Triathlon Mixed Relay format is a perfect fit for the Olympics." [1]
  1. IOC includes the Triathlon Mixed Relays on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

DTU begrüßt IOC-Entscheidung zur Triathlon-Mixed-Staffel Präsident Prof. Engelhardt: „Haben der Welt gezeigt, wie attraktiv dieses Format ist“

Die Deutsche Triathlon Union (DTU) begrüßt die Aufnahme der gemischten Team-Staffel als neues Rennformat bei Olympia in Tokio 2020 und schließt sich den Glückwünschen an das Lobby-Team der International Triathlon Union (ITU) um Marisol Casado und Thomas Bach in seiner Funktion als Präsident des International Olympic Commitee IOC an.
"Die Deutsche Triathlon Union (DTU) begrüßt die gestrige Entscheidung des Internationalen Olympischen Komitees (IOC), die Mixed-Staffel als zusätzliche Medaillenentscheidung in das Programm der Olympischen Spiele in Tokio 2020 aufzunehmen. „Wir sind überaus erfreut über die Entscheidung des IOC, insbesondere da wir bei diesem Event in den vergangenen Jahren einige internationale Erfolge feiern konnten“, erklärt DTU-Präsident Prof. Dr. Martin Engelhardt in einem ersten Statement. Die Mixed-Staffel der DTU wurde 2013 in Hamburg Weltmeister und gewann im vergangenen Jahr an der Alster vor Zehntausenden Zuschauern die Bronzemedaille.

Jonathan Zipf, Gregor Buchholz, Hanna Philippin und Laura Lindemann (von links) zählten in Hamburg zu den erfolgreichen Mitgliedern der gemischten Staffel, den Mixed Team Relays der DTU. Photo: DTU/Jo Kleindl

Olympische Chance für den Nachwuchs
„Wir sind auch ein stückweit stolz, denn durch die erfolgreiche Durchführung der Mixed-Team-Weltmeisterschaften in Hamburg haben wir der Welt in den vergangenen Jahren gezeigt, was für ein aufregendes und attraktives Event dieser Wettbewerb ist“, so Engelhardt weiter. „Die Entscheidung des IOC gibt auch unserem im Leistungssportbereich eingeschlagenen Weg, nämlich auf den Nachwuchs zu setzen, einen weiteren Schub. Die kurzen Distanzen kommen den jüngeren Athleten entgegen. Mit der Mixed-Staffel gibt es nun einen Grund mehr, sich auf Tokio vorzubereiten und dort vielleicht sogar um Medaillen mitkämpfen zu können.“

Engelhardt dankt IOC-Präsident Bach und ITU-Präsidentin Casado
„Wir möchten dem IOC und insbesondere seinem Präsidenten, Dr. Thomas Bach, danken, der seit vielen Jahren ein großer Unterstützer des Triathlonsports ist und in den 1990er Jahren maßgeblich daran beteiligt war, dass Triathlon überhaupt olympisch wurde“ sagte Engelhardt. „Aber auch die Präsidentin der Internationalen Triathlon Union (ITU), Marisol Casado, und ihr Team sollen nicht unerwähnt bleiben, die in den vergangenen Wochen und Monaten unermüdlich für die Aufnahme der Mixed-Team-Staffel in das olympische Programm gekämpft haben.“

Die Mixed-Team-Staffel mit je zwei Damen und Herren wird in Tokio eine von drei Triathlon-Medaillenentscheidungen. Ausgetragen werden die Olympischen Spielen vom 24. Juli bis zum 9. August 2020." [1]

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Freitag, 10. März 2017

IRONMAN names Matthieu Van Veen as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO)

IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings Company, announced today that Matthieu Van Veen has been named to the newly created position of Chief Revenue Officer for IRONMAN. Van Veen will begin his new role with the company on March 13, 2017.

In the new position, Van Veen will be responsible on a global basis for sales, marketing, media and digital activities. His focus will be to create a more structured approach to driving the commercial side of the business.

“As IRONMAN has continued to grow, we have become a more complex organization; one that is operating in more industry segments and in more territories. The structured leveraging of IRONMAN’s vast capabilities and the capturing of best practices is vital for our future success,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “Matthieu’s exemplary international career and personal characteristics give me confidence that he will be successful in this new role.”

Van Veen brings broad skills and experiences to the position. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the global sports industry and joins IRONMAN after nine years with AEG Europe, where he was most recently Senior Vice President of Sports, based in Paris. During that time, Van Veen was responsible for the European leadership and management of AEG’s Sports Divisions which included the creation and management of a portfolio of sports properties for AEG’s European venues; AEG owned teams, Berlin Eisbären of the DEL and Hammarby Fotbol of the Swedish Allsvenskan; development of the partnership between AEG and the Amaury Sports Organization for the Amgen Tour of California; and overall leadership of AEG’s business in France. He was also pivotal in developing the partnership with the City of Paris in the management of the newly renovated AccorHotels Arena, formerly known as Bercy Arena.

Prior to joining AEG, Van Veen served as the National Basketball Association’s Senior Director, Global Media Distribution for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In his role as head of the NBA’s media business, Van Veen was responsible for all television and digital media rights for the NBA, WNBA and USA Basketball. He has worked extensively in all Western European countries, as well as Russia and Turkey.

Freitag, 3. März 2017

Nutrition Scientist Asker Jeukendrup launches

Nutrition has a serious impact on training, race and recovery. Even very experienced endurance athletes have to deal with various variables from year to year or even within a year: weather, sweat rate, age, etc. Nutritionist Prof. Asker Jeukendrup has set up a nice SaaS-Tool, that calculates on a very flexible way your personal needs. The software is still BETA but looks very promising and valid.
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Dienstag, 31. Januar 2017

IRONMAN (World Triathlon Corporation) Partners with the International Triathlon Union (ITU)

According to a press release "two of the most influential forces in triathlon make history with an agreement to further develop the sport.

Marisol Casado (ITU) and Andrew Messick (WTC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) . Phpto: WTC/ITU

IRONMAN and the International Triathlon Union (ITU) announced that they have agreed to a historic cooperation framework to further develop and grow triathlon. After a week of meetings at IRONMAN headquarters in Tampa, Florida, senior leaders from both organizations, including ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado and IRONMAN President and CEO Andrew Messick, agreed on a historic growth framework that is the culmination of several years of work together.  
Two teams of senior leaders of International Triathlon Union (ITU) and World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) worked a week onlocation for final drafts of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both big players in triathlon. Photo: WTC/ITU 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed by both parties citing key priorities and next steps to ensure the growth and harmonization of the sport. In particular, the MOU focused on standardized rules, further collaboration on anti-doping efforts, national federation relations, sanctioning, a single-set of rules, and collaborative marketing initiatives to grow the sport at the age-group level.
"Our collaboration with the ITU is of considerable importance for the prolonged and continuous growth of triathlon," said Messick. "We share a common goal, have worked well together in recent years, and have developed trust in the ITU leadership group. I believe that the productive conversations that led to this milestone are pivotal for the continued progression of triathlon."
"The best way to grow triathlon, and improve the sport at all levels, is to do so together," said Casado. "Continuing strong collaboration with IRONMAN will serve to further evolve triathlon across the world. I look forward to many more fruitful meetings, and creating the best possible environments for athletes, following this cornerstone moment."
Among the key priorities the ITU and IRONMAN have agreed to, are the following:
  • Harmonizing anti-doping efforts to continue to protect clean athletes and the integrity of the sport
  • Working towards ITU being recognized as the singular international federation leading the sport of triathlon
  • The ITU sanctioning select IRONMAN events as international events
  • The ITU leading coordination and communication with its member National Federations to implement standardized rules and reinforce the ITU's "Clean, Fair & Safe" mandate
  • IRONMAN will leverage ITU resources in certain ethics-related matters, including technological fraud, code of conduct, manipulating of sport competition, etc.
  • Working toward a single set of rules (ITU Competition Rules) for long-distance triathlon beginning in 2018
  • Developing an athlete-focused edition of those rules with specific distance categories
  • Alignment of efforts to foster the growth and development of the sport specifically focused on safety, first-time athletes, development of women in the sport, and education
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  • For more information on the IRONMAN® brand and global event series, visit