Doing well in this year’s World Triathlon Championship Series (WTCS) has suddenly become a lot more lucrative – today World Triathlon announced that its executive board has approved US$750,000 in bonus pool prize money for 2021 and a $1 million bonus in 2022.
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 series will only include five races, including the Olympics and two events in Canada:
- World Triathlon Championships Yokohama (1000 points for the winner)
- World Triathlon Championships Leeds (1000 points for the winner)
- Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (1000 points for the winner)
- World Triathlon Championships Montreal (1000 points for the winner)
- World Triathlon Championship Finals Edmonton (1250 points for the winner)
The standings in the series will be based on an athletes best three results. The points decrease by 7.5 per cent for every position after first.
There are three more WTCS events taking place in 2021 – Hamburg, Bermuda and Abu Dhabi – those events will count towards the 2022 championship series.
Today’s announcement also included the news that World Triathlon is trying to work with organizers “to try to reduce costs for athletes that have increase with the impact of hosting events under bubble conditions due to COVID.”
“World Triathlon is already working with the Canadian organisers and Canadian authorities to try to reduce these costs in Montreal and Edmonton and will communicate any changes or updates as soon as available,” today’s release concluded.