Based on the latest government instruction around Coronavirus/COVID-19, and in line with other national governing bodies, British Triathlon, the three Home Nations (Triathlon England, Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon) and the Triathlon Trust have decided to extend the suspension of triathlon activity until at least 30 June.
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the European Triathlon Union (ETU) have both today announced an extension of the complete suspension of all triathlon activity for the same time period.
We have not taken this decision lightly but in light of the rapidly changing situation, we feel it is essential to extend the period of suspension. The most recent instruction from the government is to stay at home for the coming weeks and even after that period, we expect to have a period of continued restriction of movement and activity. We therefore feel that it is our duty to take these steps to help protect the health and wellbeing of athletes, officials, coaches, volunteers and spectators and to alleviate the risk of an additional burden on the emergency services at a hugely testing time.
The government has been quite clear in its instruction for the public to stay at home with some defined exceptions. The exceptions include exercising once a day – to run, walk or cycle - and must only be done alone or with members of your household.
We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for everyone involved in our sport, but we do ask for your support as we navigate through this period of uncertainty. We are doing everything we can to support members, clubs, coaches, committees and academies as well as those businesses who run triathlon events.
The British Triathlon offices are now closed and our teams are working from home, we are aiming to still offer the same level of customer service but there may be delays in us coming back to. If you leave a message or email us, please rest assured that we will be in contact as soon as we can. We do appreciate your patience at this time. You can also see our updated contacts page here https://www.britishtriathlon.org/about-us/contact-us
Andy Salmon, Chief Executive of British Triathlon said: “This really is an unprecedented situation and we are navigating unchartered waters. The recent instruction from the government has been unequivocal in insisting that we stay at home and it is our duty to do as we are instructed. We understand how important training and competing is for our triathlon community but we want to reassure you that we looked at a number of different scenarios while we were coming to this decision. Mass participation events need a lot of support from local hospitals and paramedics and we believe that it’s the right time to relieve the strain on NHS resources. We also kept in touch with other sport to ensure we were in line with other restrictions that were in place.
“As a sport, we will come through this and I look forward to a time when we can resume our full range of activities.”
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