The Reception Hall of the Valladolid City Council was the scene, on Tuesday, June 19, of the official presentation of ICAN Valladolid 2012. A triathlon competition that will be held on July 7 in the Valladolid capital and which expects to have about 400 inscribed.
The event was attended by Francisco Javier León de la Riva, the mayor of the city, Fernando Rubio, CEO of the Presidency, Alfredo Blanco, Councilor for Finance and President of the Municipal Sports Foundation, Mercedes Cantalapiedra, Councilor for Cultural, Commerce and Tourism, and Sunil Bhardwaj, representing ICAN Triathlon.
León de la Riva recalled that “Valladolid is a city devoted to sport. There are few that have a number of clubs or sports facilities at the highest level, not counting the athletes who choose this place to develop their work ”. That is why he showed his satisfaction for hosting a new sporting adventure, which will bring together "the best triathletes of the moment" in the capital of Valladolid. The mayor also highlighted the fact that ICAN Valladolid "will have as a novelty its afternoon-night schedule, which will give it greater spectacularity", not counting the incomparable setting of the Millennium Dome, the start and finish of the competition.
The mayor of Valladolid highlighted the data of the numerous participants who will arrive from outside the capital and its province. "We have experience in organizing high-level sporting events and we are sure that triathletes who arrive from other parts of Spain and abroad will also be able to enjoy our city."
For his part, Sunil Bhardwaj assured that ICAN aims to be a reference point in the national triathlon calendar. In addition, it is a test that will unite tourism and sport. "90% of those registered are from outside Valladolid, which guarantees a very important economic impact in the destination" He also referred to the values of triathlon, "of effort, sacrifice and perseverance that mark our way of understanding this project".
The head of ICAN thanked the City Council for the assignment of the Millennium Dome, "an unbeatable setting for us", as well as the willingness of all municipal officials for their collaboration for the perfect development of the competition.
ICAN Valladolid will be played in two modalities, the Half ICAN and the ICAN 52, and will feature some of the best triathletes on the international scene, in the case of Eneko Llanos, Joan Monguillot, Gurutze Frades, or the Portuguese Pedro Gomes.