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Posted: February 9, 2009  :

Triathlon: Triathlon Format Finalized for 2010 Youth Olympic Games

Individual and team relays on program for Singapore 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (February 9, 2009) -- The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced the program and qualification system for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) following approval from the IOC Executive Board.

One of 26 sports to be showcased in the inaugural event in Singapore next year, the triathlon competition will feature 64 of the world's most promising juniors.

"We're honored to be included in the first Youth Olympic Games," said ITU President Marisol Casado. "Triathlon's inclusion speaks volume about our sport's status in the Olympic family and shows it fits with the IOC's vision of the Youth Olympic Games."

Athletes will qualify for the Youth Olympic Games through one of five continental qualifiers which will be staged between May 1, 2009 and April 30, 2010. USA Triathlon is awaiting word from the ITU on the exact date and location of the qualification even for the Americas.

"This is a terrific step for our developmental program for the Olympics, and given that the IOC has included our sport in the Youth Games means that they feel very strongly about the direction multisport is going and the potential we still have for future growth," said USAT CEO Skip Gilbert.

Members of the USAT Sport Performance staff will be able to see potential sites for the Olympic race when they travel to Singapore for the ITU World Championship Series event there in May.

Youth Olympic Games - Triathlon Competition Fast Facts

Events: men's individual sprint distance, women's individual sprint distance, mixed team relay (continental teams)
Maximum quota: 32 men, 32 women
Age eligibility: 17-18 years old at time of competition (born between January 1, 1992 and December 31, 1993)

The fast and furious format of the team relay will no doubt bring added excitement to the competition. Continental teams will consist of two men and two women each completing a super-sprint triathlon (250m swim, 7km bike, 1.8km run) with the cumulative time determining the winning team.

"It's very promising that the IOC has embraced the team relay concept for the Youth Olympic Games. It's a wonderful way to showcase triathlon's exciting action and represents a huge step towards our hope of adding a team relay in future Olympic Games," said Loreen Barnett, Secretary General of ITU.

In all, almost 3600 of the world's youth will gather in Singapore to compete in 201 total events representing 26 sports. Universality is one of the IOC's primary qualification system principles for the Youth Olympic Games.

Visit the Singaport 2010 website.

Find out more about the USA Triathlon Junior and Development Team Program.

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the national governing body for triathlon - the fastest growing sport in the U.S. - as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 2,500 races and connects with more than 115,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games, and the Olympic Games.


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