CM – Triathlon World Championships canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases

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The first ever Triathlon Sprint and Relay World Championships were canceled less than a month before the event due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the host country of Bermuda.

World Triathlon said that for the 15th to the Championships scheduled for October 17 would « not take place this year ».

The number of new COVID-19 infections in the UK overseas territory has increased in recent weeks, which has put pressure on hospitals.

World Triathlon said it had decided the event could not be held safely after a risk assessment.

« The analysis took into account the recent surge in COVID-19 infections on the island in addition to the increased COVID-19 patient intake Bermuda Hospital, and the organizing committee, in consultation with World Triathlon, made the decision not to continue the October event, « said the organization in a statement.

 » Health and Si The safety of all athletes, coaches, staff, contractors, volunteers and the islanders was paramount. « 

World Triathlon has not confirmed whether the event will be postponed but hopes to return to Bermuda in the future.

 » The entire World Triathlon family is discouraged that the global pandemic continues to affect our events, but we are determined to return to Bermuda, « added the global governing body.

 » We are confident in the rigorous pandemic management of the island and the world Reputation for providing safe, outstanding sporting events.

« Talks are ongoing to identify other exciting future opportunities, including a triathlon on the island of Bermuda. »

The championships should include super sprint races for elite, junior and age group runners and relays.

Around 4,000 female athletes – including Flora Duffy, Bermuda’s first Olympic gold medalist when she won the women’s event in Tokyo 2020 in July – were expected.

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