Great news, ITU Yokohama SHOULD be postponed. It could be a bad news for others events because calendar is always OVERLOAD, like the world cups that are not on the super serie (WCS) like our national world cup, Edmonton… but who knows. For sure, it’s a pretty good news for all the athletes that didn’t want to peak too early in the season like Simon Whitfield or injured/not injured athletes like Emma Snowsill.
Super nouvelle. ITU Yokohama DEVRAIT être reporté. Enfin, c’est aussi une mauvaise nouvelle pour les autres évènements de la coupe mondiale qui ne sont pas sur la super série (WCS) puisque le calendrier étant toujours surchargé cela pourrait mettre de l’ombre sur notre coupe du monde local ITU Edmonton. Mais qui sait… Ce qui est certain, c’est que cette nouvelle ravivera les athlètes qui ne voulait pas peaker trop tôt dans la saison comme Simon Whitfield et les athlètes blessés/pas blessés comme Emma Snowsill.
Vancouver, Canada (18 April 2011) – The International Triathlon (ITU) today announced that the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Yokohama will not take place on 14 May 2011 as originally scheduled. The ITU is working with the Local Organising Committee (LOC), the City of Yokohama and the Japanese Triathlon Union (JTU) to find a suitable date for the event later in the 2011 schedule.
« We have been following the situation in Japan very closely and felt that once the Japanese Government raised the alert on the nuclear situation to the highest level of seven, it was too risky to stage an event there in May. The safety and health of our athletes, coaches, officials and staff should not be compromised, » said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. « We are in discussions to re-schedule it later in the season. Our thoughts and concerns are with the Japanese people as they recover from the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant situation. »
The 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series kicked off on April 11 in Sydney, Australia. Canada’s Paula Findlay took the women’s title while Spain’s Javier Gomez won the men’s race. The next stop of the series will be in Madrid, Spain on June 4-5.