Vancouver, Canada (16 May 2011) – The International Triathlon Union (ITU), the worldwide governing body for triathlon, today announced the Yokohama round of the 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series has been re-scheduled for Monday 19 September, 2011. The event was originally slated for 14-15 May but was postponed due to safety concerns in the aftermath of the earthquake.
« The ITU is grateful to a number of parties for working together on finding a new date for the event, in particular, we would like to thank the Japan Triathlon Union (JTU), the City of Yokohama and the Japanese Olympic Committee, » said Marisol Casado, ITU President and IOC Member. « We are confident a world class event will be delivered in Yokohama on its new date. »
The event schedule will be:
Sunday 18 September – Paratriathlon & Age-Group
Monday 19 September – Elite Women & Elite Men
World Championship Series points accrued in Yokohama will count towards the 2012 rankings as the 2011 ITU World Champions will still be crowned at the Grand Final in Beijing on 10-11 September as originally planned.
Both elite races will be broadcast live to a worldwide television audience and the event will feature a total prize purse of $150,000 USD. However, the year-end bonus pool of $500,000 USD will still be determined immediately after the Grand Final in Beijing. The Olympic Qualification points the from Yokohama event will be re-inserted into the first period of Olympic Qualification. Click here for more information on the two periods of Olympic Qualification