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World Triathlon suspends all activities until June 30

World Triathlon working with athletes, coaches and the IOC to establish new dates and events for resuming the Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings.

The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has forced World Triathlon to extend the suspension of all its activities until June 30.

We’ll be waiting even longer before we see a WTS start like this one from Edmonton last year – World Triathlon has suspended all activity until June 30. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

This means that in addition to the postponement of WTS Montreal, which we reported last week, all scheduled World Triathlon events up to the end of June that haven’t already been postponed are now suspended, including: WTS Yokohama, three African (ATU) cups, three American (PATCO) events, four Asian (ASTC) cups, one event in Oceania (OTU) and eight in Europe (ETU), plus the Yokohama Paratriathlon Series and a Paratriathlon World Cup.

“The suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working,” World Triathlon President and IOC member, Marisol Casado said in a release today. “We are meeting with athletes, coaches, National Federations, Continental Confederations, the IOC, the IPC, the organisers and our Committees involved in these activities to work on alternative dates and possibilities, as well as monitoring daily the situation while following the World Health Organization recommendations.”

World Triathlon is also working “with athletes, coaches and the IOC” to establish new dates and events “for resuming the Olympic and Paralympic Qualfication rankings,” but that will no-doubt remain a challenge as it remains unclear when racing will resume around the world.

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Here’s a list of all of the World Triathlon events that have been affected by the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic:

Events included in the suspension period
2020 Runaway Bay OTU Super Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup, 1-3 May
2020 Yasmine Hammamet ATU Triathlon Junior African Cup, 2 May
2020 Yasmine Hammamet ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup, 2 May
2020 Ixtapa PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup, 15-16 May
2020 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series, 16 May
2020 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama, 16 May
2020 Formosa PATCO Middle Distance Triathlon Panamerican Championships, 23 May
2020 Osaka NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup, 23 May
2020 Olsztyn ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup, 30 May
2020 Olsztyn ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup, 30 May
2020 A Coruna ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, 6 June
2020 Sokcho ASTC Sprint Triathlon Asian Cup, 6 June
2020 Dnipro ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup, 6 June
2020 Dnipro ETU Triathlon U23 European Championships, 6 June
2020 Lianyungang ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup, 13 June
2020 Coimbra ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup and Mediterranean Championships, 13 June
2020 Kupiskis ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup, 13 June
2020 Lake Kivu ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup, 13 June
2020 Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, 13-14 June
2020 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup, 19 June
2020 Santo Domingo PATCO Triathlon Panamerican Championships, 20 June
2020 Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Premium European Cup, 20 June
2020 Târgu Mures ETU Cross Triathlon European Championships, 20 June
2020 Gamagori NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup, 21 June
2020 Târgu Mures ETU Cross Duathlon European Championships, 23 June2
2020 Walchsee ETU Aquathlon European Championships, 25 June
2020 Larache ATU Triathlon Junior African Cup, 27 June
2020 Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon Premium African Cup, 27 June
2020 Walchsee ETU Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships, 28 June
2020 Walchsee ETU Aquabike European Championships, 28 June

Events that have already been postponed:
2020 Valencia ITU Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Event
2020 Valencia ITU Triathlon World Cup
2020 Lima PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup and South American Championships
2020 Arzachena ITU Triathlon World Cup
2020 AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds
2020 Montreal ITU Paratriathlon World Championships
2020 Montreal PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup
2020 Groupe Copley World Triathlon Montreal