World Triathlon just announced that the age-group championship races at the 2021 World Triathlon Championship Finals in Edmonton will not take place this year. The event was scheduled to take place between August 17 to 22.
“The unfortunate decision has been taken due to COVID-19 and the related international travel restrictions, that will make it impossible for most of the Age-Group athletes to travel to Canada this summer,” World Triathlon communicated in a release. “With the health and safety of our athletes and community as top priority, government officials and public health authorities are unable to grant travel exemptions to international age-group athletes, including vaccinated travellers at this time. And while we hoped the COVID-19 situation regarding international travel would have improved over the past few months, unfortunately this has not been the case.”
The cancellation of the age-group races is a blow to the organizers in Edmonton, who were hoping to host over 3,000 age-group athletes from around the world this summer. World Triathlon says it is “working with different Organizers … to try and find an alternate location for these races later in the year.”
The elite and U23 races will still take place in Edmonton as planned.
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— WTS Edmonton (@WTS_Edmonton) June 4, 2021