Statement from the Tri Taranaki Festival.
In light of the announcement from the International Triathlon Union (see release at following link), organisers of the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup race regret to announce that the event will not go ahead as planned on March 28/29 2020.
With the welfare of athletes, coaches, volunteers, spectators and all connected with ITU events top of mind in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ITU has made the decision to suspend all activities until April 30, including all competitions and therefore including the planned World Cup race in New Plymouth later this month. This decision has literally been made tonight and New Plymouth organisers are moving quickly to deliver the news to all stakeholders, sponsors, athletes, coaches and national associations to do our very best to minimize disruption and stress.
This effects all events planned at the ITU New Plymouth World Cup, including the Oceania Mixed Relay, Oceania Junior Championships, New Zealand Sprint Triathlon Championships and the Taranaki Tri-er. None of these events will be proceeding on the dates proposed.
Event Director Shanelle Barrett expressed disappointment in the news but stressed that the health and well-being of all involved must remain paramount in all decisions moving forward.
“We have not made any further decisions and indeed in this fast moving and unprecedented time of global crisis we do not have all the necessary information to make any further decisions. What is important right now is to convey quickly and calmly that the event will not proceed and allow everyone to make alternate travel plans and focus on global efforts to restrict the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
A date in 2021 is still to be decided, based on NZ Government updates and direction from the ITU.
Be part of the future of Triathlon
Since 2010, athletes of all levels from around the world have gathered on the shores of Ngāmotu beach, ready to race after months of intense training. Adrenalin pumping and minds focused, the anticipation builds as competitors and spectators await the whistle to kick off the Tri Taranaki Festival.
With the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, as well as our 10-year anniversary, the 2020 Festival is set to be our biggest one yet!
The New Plymouth ITU World Cup features the world’s top triathletes, and is the last qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympics. The festival will also feature Oceania’s best in the WIL Sport Oceania Junior Championships and Mixed Relay events as well as the New Zealand Sprint Championships, all competing to qualify for the 2020 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton.
But this weekend isn’t just for the world’s top athletes. Our Taranaki Tri-er and Fun Run events are for anyone who wants to give the sport a go and raise funds for a local charity!
Want to be part of the action, but not compete? Spectators can enjoy the festival for free, and those who can’t make the event can witness every thrilling second through our live streaming, of the entire event.
On behalf of the region and our valued partners, thanks for making the Tri Taranaki Festival a reality!