World Triathlon and Super League Triathlon will put on a “global esports series that will crown the official triathlon esport world champions,” Super League announced today. The new Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift will allow “ranked athletes and national federations to participate and pursue the official World Championship title.”
Virtual participation became popular during the COVID-19 pandemic, and recently we’ve seen the International Olympic Committee develop an Olympic Virtual Series, too. The Super League Triathlon Arena Games featured a combination of real life and virtual racing as athletes competed in a 50-m pool, then used bike trainers and treadmills to complete the other legs of the triathlon on the Zwift platform.
“We are absolutely delighted with this partnership,” said World Triathlon President Marisol Casado. “Both organizations have been working hard and investing significant resources to evolve our sport, growing audiences, and giving the athletes the best stages on which to perform at their best. So it is only natural for both World Triathlon and Super League to invest and work together. I am absolutely convinced that the Arena Games Triathlon will be a fantastic event for athletes, broadcasters, sponsors and fans alike.”
According to the release the “first series will be announced shortly, with the first official world champions set to be crowned in 2022.”