Sydney added to 2010 World Champ Series

2000 Olympic Games city to host World Series race

The International Triathlon Union has today announed, almost nine years since the inaugural Olympic Games triathlon, that the 2010 Dextro Energy Triathlon – ITU World Championship Series will come to  Sydney next year as the sport returns to the Australian city in April.
 
Following the completion of the 2009 World Championship Series, with the Grand Final held on Australia’s Gold Coast last weekend, the joint initiative between the ITU, Triathlon Australia and Events New South Wales will see Sydney host a leg of the global eight race series for the next three years. The 2010 series will follow the same format as the 2009 programme with seven world championship races and a Grand Final, which will be hosted in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.
 
"Sydney is a truly incredible city which is very special to the history of our sport," said ITU President, Marisol Casado. "Triathlon’s involvement within the Olympic Programme was imperative to the sport’s growth and prestige, and Sydney allowed us to showcase our dynamic multisport in a fantastic sporting arena with passionate supporters. It will be a great pleasure to return to the city next year."
 
"As an athlete it’s very exciting to know we’ll be racing in Sydney and around the Opera House," newly crowned 2009 ITU World Champion, Australia’s Emma Moffatt, said. "Watching triathlon’s debut at the Olympic Games was one of those moments that helped inspire me to become an elite triathlete, so to have the opportunity to defend my world title on home soil next year will be a magical experience."
 
The Sydney course will closely resemble the 2000 Olympic route with most of the action taking place against the backdrop of Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, involving multiple lap bike and run courses to ensure a spectator friendly race. Although the races in 2010 will only include elite competitors there are plans to create a mass participation race, starting in 2011, allowing thousands of amateur triathletes the chance to compete alongside their Olympic heroes.

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