Emirates News Agency – Abu Dhabi becomes first in MENA region to host Triathlon World Championship Finals


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

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

Taking place from 23-26 November 2022 and building on the Emirate’s reputation as the region’s hub for international sporting events, the organizers have announced that the prestigious World Triathlon Championship Finals will take place on the waterways, tracks and roads of the triathlon world. The UAE’s premier sports destination – Yas Island. The event village will be hosted at Yas Bay, across from the area’s new cutting-edge entertainment venue, the Etihad Arena.

More than 7,500 local, regional and international triathletes are expected to participate in the event, competing in five categories: Elite Men and Women; Elite U23 Men & Women; Elite money men and women; Age group men and women (super sprint and standard distance) and community races.

The event promises four days of great elite competition and grassroots community engagement where athletes of all ages and abilities are invited to participate.

ADSC Secretary General Aref Alawani said, “We are delighted to announce that Abu Dhabi will host the 2022 Triathlon World Championship Finals in November. This reflects our ambitious vision and reaffirms Abu Dhabi, reflecting our plans to be the main destination for major world and international sporting events. reputation as a leader in this field.

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

“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 welcome over 7,500 triathletes from around the world to ‘Abu Dhabi, Yas Island’s premier sports destination.

Marisol Casado, President of World Triathlon and Member of the IOC Board, said: “For the whole triathlon family, it is a pleasure to return to Abu Dhabi for the crown jewel of our events this time: the championship finals the commitment and support of Alawani, the entire triathlon family Abu Dhabi team and local the organizers have always shown that our sport is exceptional and brought the sport of triathlon to the MENA region in the most amazing way.

It’s incredible to see first hand how the Abu Dhabi event has grown from a small community race to the top of our events. The world’s best athletes have always run incredible races here, and I’m sure we’ll be crowning the best triathletes of the next generation here in Abu Dhabi in November. Athletes, spectators, friends and family will once again have an incredible racing experience on Yas Island.”

Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates will not only host the top of the world triathlon for the first time in history, but also have another reason to celebrate the Triathlon World Championship Finals: Team United Arab Emirates will take on the world’s best amateur triathletes. 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 a mix of national and UAE resident members of the UAE Triathlon Federation, and selection criteria will be announced shortly.

The UAE team will represent the country in the prestigious “parade of nations” during the opening ceremony of the world championships as well as the UAE racing jersey.

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

“It will be a proud moment to watch the UAE Team athletes line up on the starting line – the culmination of many years of hard work to build the triathlon community in the country. I encourage anyone who wishes to participate. Please see the qualification criteria to be announced shortly. The November Triathlon World Championship Final, It is an incredible opportunity for aspiring triathletes as well as triathletes residing in the UAE and UAE to compete in a World Championship event in their home country.

Translated by Mervat Mahmud.