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23 Jul 2018

ITU begins search for 2022 Grand Final host with aim of dual award

The International Triathlon Union, the sport’s governing body, has begun the process to find a host of its flagship Grand Final of the World Triathlon Series in 2022. 

The ITU has launched its bidding tender for the final, which also incorporates age group World Championships, as well as a separate tender to find hosts of the ITU World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships, also in 2022.

Cities interested in the two events must submit their bids, or letters with their expression of interest, before 15 August.

The ITU only launched the search for the 2021 Grand Final host in early May (all bid documents were due by 15 July), and Marisol Casado, president of the federation, said the two hosts for the showpiece event will be announced at the same time on 11 September.

The successful cities will additionally host the ITU Congress in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

She added: “We are receiving lots of expressions of interest from cities across the world, which proves that our sport is continuing to grow. The World Triathlon Grand Final & Sprint and Relay Championships give us the opportunity to keep adding iconic cities for our athletes to shine in.”

Gold Coast in Australia, host of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, will stage this year’s Grand Final in September. In 2019, Lausanne in Switzerland will stage the event, followed by Edmonton, Canada in 2020.

The World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships, a new event for both elite and age-group categories, is to debut in 2021. It will feature super-sprint World Championships for elite athletes, Sprint World Championships for age-group and junior athletes and mixed relay World Championships events in all categories, including age-groupers.