With the International Olympic Committee announcement that Rio de Janeiro in Brazil will be the Host City of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016, triathlon can look forward to returning a city and country which is steeped in multisport history.
Having first joined the ITU Triathlon World Cup calendar in 1996, Rio de Janeiro established a significant multisport presence from the turn of the century with World Cup races in 2000, 2003 and 2004, a South American Games in 2002 and PATCO Pan American Championships in 2007. France’s Philippe Fattori (now French National Coach) and Canada’s Carol Montgomery were the 1996 victors with Andy Potts and Julie Ertel from the USA the Pan American Games champions from 2007. In 2004 Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist Vanessa Fernandes won the last ITU Triathlon World Cup to be held in the city with France’s Cedric Deanaz the men’s race.
"Following the great sucess of the Pan American Games Triathlon on Copocabana Beach in 2007, we anticipate seven wonderful years of world class sport on the Olympic venue," said Loreen Barnett, ITU Secretary General from IOC Congress in Copenhagen.