Emirates News Agency – Abu Dhabi becomes first MENA World Triathlon Championship final venue

ABU DHABI, 16th March, 2022 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and World Triathlon today announced Abu Dhabi’s exciting plans to host the 2022 Triathlon World Championship Finals at Yas Island.

Abu Dhabi joins the list of the world’s most iconic host cities, including London, Budapest, Beijing, Chicago, Lausanne and the Gold Coast, which means the final of the prestigious World Series season will be hosted in the MENA region for the first time. .

Organizers have announced that the prestigious Triathlon World Championship Final, which will take place from 23 to 26 November 2022 and builds on the emirate’s reputation as a regional hub for international sporting events, will take place on the waterways, tracks and roads of the UAE’s premium sports destination, Yas Island. The Event Village will be set up in Yas Bay, opposite the new state-of-the-art Etihad Arena.

More than 7,500 local, regional and international triathletes are expected to compete in the event in five categories: elite men and women; Elite under 23, men and women; Elite couple of men and women; Men’s and women’s age groups (super sprint and standard distance) and community races.

The event promises to be a fantastic four days of elite competition and grassroots participation, with athletes of all ages and abilities invited to participate.

ADSC General Secretary Aref Alavani said: “We are delighted to announce that Abu Dhabi will host the 2022 Triathlon World Championship Final in November. This reflects our ambitious vision and plans to become the premier venue for major global and international sporting events, consolidating our reputation as a leader in the field.

“We are proud of the great trust placed in Abu Dhabi by international sports federations and appreciate the successful partnership with World Triathlon which has led to many important achievements and milestones for triathlon in the UAE.”

“The partnership with the UAE Triathlon Federation and Miral has played an important role in the UAE over the years, and together we are proud to see more than 7,500 triathletes from all over the world come to the sport’s premier destination, Abu Dhabi, Yas Island.

World Triathlon President and IOC Board Member Marisol Casado said: “It is a great pleasure for the entire triathlon family to be back in Abu Dhabi, this time for the crown jewel of our events: the championship finals. The Abu Dhabi team and local organizers have always proven that our sport is exceptional and brought triathlon to the MENA region in an amazing way.

It’s amazing to see firsthand how the Abu Dhabi event has grown from a small community race to the top level of our events. The best athletes in the world have always had incredible races here, and I am sure that in November we will crown the best triathletes of the new generation here in Abu Dhabi. Athletes, spectators, friends and families will once again enjoy an incredible racing experience on Yas Island.”

In addition to hosting the pinnacle of world triathlon for the first time in Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates will have one more reason to celebrate in the Triathlon World Cup final: the United Arab Emirates team will face the best amateur triathletes in the world.

The UAE Triathlon Federation has announced that a team of athletes will be selected to represent the UAE in age group races around the world, starting with the World Championships in Abu Dhabi in November. The team will be selected from national and resident members of the UAE Triathlon Federation, selection criteria to be announced shortly.

The United Arab Emirates team will represent the country in the prestigious Parade of Nations during the opening ceremony of the World Championships, as well as the United Arab Emirates racing jersey.

“We look forward to opening qualifications for athletes wishing to represent the UAE team in triathlon races around the world, starting with the World Championships in November,” said Khaled Al Fahim, President of the Federation of the United Arab Emirates.

“Watching the UAE athletes line up at the start line will be a source of pride for me, the culmination of many years of hard work building a triathlon community in the country. I encourage everyone who wishes to participate. Please see the eligibility criteria to be announced at The November World Triathlon Finals is an incredible opportunity for triathletes from the UAE and residents of the UAE, as well as beginner triathletes, to take part in the World Championships in their home country.

Translation: Merwat Mahmud.