The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced that dates for test events ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic and Paralympic Games have been confirmed. The 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event and World Paratriathlon Event will be held on August 1-2, 2015.
“With the hunt for Olympic and Paralympic qualification points heating up in 2015, ITU is very much looking forward to again showcasing the sport of triathlon and also debuting paratriathlon on the most prestigious international stage for sport that exists,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.
“Copacabana Beach will be a beautiful backdrop for what we expect to be some phenomenal racing.”
The courses are slated to traverse along famous Copacabana Beach on restaurant-lined Avenida Atlantica, with the Olympic course also climbing through the streets of local neighbourhoods. As the races will offer the chance to view Olympic and Paralympic action for free while enjoying one of Rio de Janeiro’s most iconic destinations, massive crowds are again expected to turn out just as they did at the London Olympics and Rio Pan American Games.
The 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event will feature a start list of 75 men and women, with athletes obtaining slots for the race in the same manner as an ITU World Cup race.
Set to be contested on the same course as the Olympic Games, the Level 1 Olympic Qualification Event will offer the maximum level of Olympic qualification points available, putting it on par with the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Final. Prize money or ITU World Cup or World Triathlon Series points will be available at the test event.
The 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event will also mimic the Paralympic Games course, with a minimum of 60 athletes set to participate.
Qualification criteria for the test event will match that of a World Paratriathlon Event and points earned at the race will go towards both Paralympic Qualification and ITU World Paratriathon Rankings.
The exact programme for the weekend of racing in Rio in 2015 is to be determined and will be announced when set.
From press release.