Friday, April 21, 2017

Our Triathlon Family meets in Korea

After a full week of work in Denmark, it was time to move to Asia to celebrate the meetings of the ITU Executive Board, held in Seoul. It was a real pleasure to have the chance to visit the city, and I would like to especially thank Mr. Justin Park, President of the Korean Federation, for the warm welcome to their country and their hospitality during our visit. I felt privileged to have had the opportunity to experience the Korean culture, cuisine, history and traditions, even if it was for a short visit.

It was a very fruitful meeting with our Members of the Board, with our minds set already on the future. We will be opening the bidding process for WTS and World Cup events for 2018 very shortly, and we are more than ready to welcome cities to our already great triathlon family.

It was also great to see that our athletes are more and more involved in the management of ITU, with Shen-Yen Hsieh, from Chinese Taipei, taking the seat of Athletes Committee at the meeting, as the Chair, Jessica Harrison, could not attend. It was also time for discussions about proposals, improvements, changes and adaptations to our competition structure. And of course to take a look at what’s out there and to see how we can all together keep on improving our sport.

The two day meetings came to an end with an extraordinary visit to the venues of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games, where we had the chance to meet the President of the organising committee, Mr. Hee-Beom Lee, and Vice President, Mr. Jaeyoul Kim. I’m absolutely sure that it is going to be amazing! And we even had the chance of meeting their new mascot! 

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