World Triathlon’s partnership with Asics for its development team enters a fifth season this year and it is accepting new applications for the team.
“The Asics World Triathlon Team project provides essential support, resources and expertise to athletes from emerging/developing National Federations with the potential to compete at the World Triathlon Cup level and qualify for the Paris Olympic Games,” World Triathlon stated in a release today. “World Triathlon Development is also looking after young talents facilitating their athlete career from junior to elite and aiming at the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games and beyond. The project also aiming to increase the number of coaches from emerging/developing National Federations gaining experience in the preparation and support of athletes competing at a World Cup level.”
World Triathlon’s elite athlete development program started in 2006 with the goal of supporting Olympic Qualification. Over the years the program has supported athletes like 2021 Tokyo gold medalist Flora Duffy and 2012 silver medalist Lisa Norden. Thirty athletes who have been involved with the program have qualified for at least one Olympics.
In Tokyo 2020, the Asics Team was compromised by Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Mehdi Essadiq (MAR), Romina Biagioli (ARG), Diego Moya (CHI), Basmla Elsalamoney (EGY) and Mohamad Maso (SYR) – the group is pictured above.
“In order to apply, athletes must have been born in 1994 or later, and must be in the top 250 of the World Triathlon Ranking and have at least two results finishing in the first 66% from Continental Cup events in the past 12 months,” World Triathlon states. “All applications have to be submitted by the National Federation, and a National Federation may nominate no more than two male and two female athletes.”