The International Triathlon Union (ITU) have announced that the elite races at the 2016 Kitzbuehel ITU Triathlon World Cup have been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. However, the junior races will continue as planned, and will be organised with the time-trial format that was scheduled to debut at the elite races.
“Despite our best efforts to identify a solution, in the end we were unsuccessful. Therefore, we believe that it is in the best interest of all to cancel this year’s World Cup race as soon as possible to allow for Federations and athletes to change their race and travel plans. We do apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and hope to return as a host of ITU races in the future,” said Event Director Herwig Grabner.
“We are disappointed we will not be able to contest the World Cup race in Kitzbuehel this year, a city that has a storied history of hosting successful of ITU events. However, we remain committed to debuting new formats and will therefore introduce the time-trial format in the junior race so that we can explore how this format could be incorporated in future events,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado.
To date, the Kitzbuehel World Cup will not be replaced on the 2016 schedule.