USA Triathlon statement on coronavirus

By USA Triathlon | March 05, 2020, 6:31 p.m. (ET)

Updated March 13, 2020

 

Dear USA Triathlon family,

We want to assure you that your health, safety and well-being is USA Triathlon’s highest priority. As we enter triathlon season in the U.S., please be advised that USA Triathlon is in regular contact with the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) concerning coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on the national and global sports landscape. We are closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance issued by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

As the situation continues to evolve, we will communicate updates to our membership as soon as possible. Visit our Coronavirus Update page for more. Additionally, race directors may contact eventservices@usatriathlon.org, coaches may contact coaching@usatriathlon.org, and clubs can reach out to clubs@usatriathlon.org with questions or concerns regarding the potential impact of coronavirus on your business. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-changing situation.

 

In addition, please be aware of the below resources from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State to help reduce your personal risk:

Collegiate Club & High School National Championships Postponed

USA Triathlon on Friday, March 13 announced that it has been forced to postpone the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club and High School National Championships, which was scheduled for April 3-4 in Tempe, Arizona, due to the rapidly evolving situation surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The postponement was made after the City of Tempe issued a decision on Thursday, March 12 to ban all events in order to mitigate risk and protect the city’s most vulnerable populations. 

The decision also follows developments in the collegiate landscape throughout the week, including the shift to online learning by many colleges and universities, student-athlete travel restrictions and large-scale event cancellations at the NCAA level. 

USA Triathlon is exploring the potential option of finding an alternate date later this year to host Collegiate Club & High School Nationals in a safe and fair way for all athletes. The organization will communicate updates to the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Committee, and all collegiate club and high school team leaders as appropriate. 

For continued updates from USA Triathlon regarding COVID-19, visit usatriathlon.org/coronavirusupdates. USA Triathlon continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, while following the guidance of local authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), when making decisions regarding the status of USA Triathlon events and programs. 

In addition, USA Triathlon remains in regular contact with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the national and global sports landscape. Any further potential changes to USA Triathlon’s National Championships event calendar will be communicated immediately. 

Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon & Paratriathlon World Cups 

Due to the current international travel restrictions recently announced by the U.S. government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) – in consultation with USA Triathlon, the organizing committee and the local authorities of Florida – has made the decision to postpone the 2020 ITU Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup and the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, originally scheduled to take place on March 22.

This decision was made following close communication by USA Triathlon, the ITU and SANCA (Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, Inc., the local organizing committee) with the Florida Department of Health, as many athletes on the start list are impacted by the travel restrictions.

Moving forward, ITU will work with USA Triathlon and local organizers to explore a suitable date later in the season to potentially host both events safely and in a fair way for all athletes.