Celebrating 35 years of World Triathlon: a legacy of excellence and innovation

by Olalla Cernuda on 01 Apr, 2024 08:06 • Español
Celebrating 35 years of World Triathlon: a legacy of excellence and innovation

It was exactly 35 years ago, on April 1, 1989, when the city of Avignon, France, played a pivotal role in the history of triathlon, hosting the first ITU Congress where the International Federation of Triathlon was founded. From its humble beginnings to its current global stature, World Triathlon has played a pivotal role in shaping the sport and fostering its growth on a global scale. Let’s celebrate together our 35 years of history!

Founded with the vision of promoting triathlon as a premier athletic pursuit, the organization has evolved under the leadership of two remarkable individuals, its first president, Canada’s Les McDonald, who laid the foundation for its success. Today, World Triathlon is guided by the visionary leadership of President Marisol Casado, whose dedication and passion have propelled the organization to new heights of excellence.

Over the past three and a half decades, World Triathlon has witnessed remarkable expansion and evolution of the sport of triathlon, including its inclusion in the Olympic and Paralympic programs. Triathlon’s debut at the Olympics in Sydney 2000 marked a historic moment for the sport, with individual men’s and women’s events captivating audiences worldwide. The addition of the mixed relay event in Tokyo 2020 further solidified triathlon’s status as a cornerstone of the Olympic program, showcasing its dynamic and inclusive nature.

Central to World Triathlon’s mission are its key pillars: gender balance, development, sustainability, growth of the sport, and good governance. With a steadfast commitment to promoting equality and inclusivity, World Triathlon has championed initiatives to ensure gender parity in all aspects of the sport, from participation, prize money or leadership roles. Moreover, the organization has spearheaded efforts to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship, recognizing the importance of protecting the planet for future generations.

At the heart of World Triathlon’s success is its unwavering dedication to the growth and development of the sport. Through grassroots initiatives, youth programs, and elite competitions, World Triathlon has fostered a vibrant global community of athletes, coaches, and fans. Moreover, the organization’s emphasis on good governance and transparency has set the standard for integrity and accountability in sports administration.

As World Triathlon celebrates its 35th anniversary, it stands as a beacon of excellence and innovation in the world of sports. From its inception in Avignon to its present-day global reach, the organization continues to inspire athletes and fans alike with its commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and sustainability. As we look to the future, World Triathlon remains dedicated to advancing the sport and shaping a brighter, more equitable world through the power of triathlon.

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