The ITU announced yesterday that it has decided to award Ibiza the organization of 2022 Multisport Triathlon World Championship, after being chosen the candidacy presented by the Spanish Triathlon Federation and the Government of Ibiza to the detriment of the one presented by Pesaro and the Italian Triathlon Federation.
José Hidalgo, president of FETRI, stressed from the Swiss capital the importance of taking on this challenge for the Spanish Triathlon Federation and analyzed the great news for our sport, “eWe are proud that FETRI has managed to bring to our country another great international event, such as the Multisport World Championship, which will be held in Ibiza at 2022, after the success this year with the one organized in Pontevedra.
The other candidacy was very powerful but we are very satisfied that once an event of the highest world level is held in our country and that our triathletes can enjoy again without leaving home the best multisport event that can be hosted at this time.
We have based our candidacy on several points. The first is our experience, our solvency and the commitment of our country in the organization of major ITU events. The second, which was also very important for us, has been that we presented a solid sports project and a solid world-class social and tourism project with Ibiza, which is a worldwide icon. And finally, highlight the seamless support in a very strong FETRI candidacy with the government of Ibiza, which has also been very important".
For her part, Marisol Casado, ITU president and IOC member highlighted that “The Multisport World Championship has been incredibly successful in recent years since we launched this concept, and we have seen not only a great interest of cities to bid to host this event, but also for athletes willing to compete.
We are very proud that Ibiza is prepared to host this event, as a clear proof of the legacy of our competitions, returning to the island only a few years after hosting the European event".
Yesterday, the expedition composed of the representatives of the Insular Council of Eivissa and the Spanish Triathlon Federation, Salvador Losa, Sports Councilor, arrived in Lausanne; Javier Bonet, Sports Director; Jose Hidalgo, President of the Spanish Triathlon Federation and Jorge García, Director of the Spanish Triathlon Federation Competitions, in order to present and defend before the ITU Executive Committee (International Triathlon Union), the candidacy of Ibiza to host the Championship of the World of Multisport Triathlon 2022.
These days, in the Olympic capital, the Grand Final of the Triathlon World Championship takes place with more than 4000 athletes, and where are the world titles at stake. In parallel and as official activities, the ITU Annual Congress and meetings of the various ITU Committees will be held, with the aim of defining the strategic lines of the sport in the coming year.
At four o'clock in the afternoon, after a raffle, and for thirty minutes, the Italian city of Pesaro has submitted its candidacy; and subsequently, and before the ITU Executive Committee formed by 14 members, Ibiza has proceeded to present its candidacy.
Jose Hidalgo; He pointed out previous experience in organizing international events, the support of the institutions and the federation for the candidacy, and the values of the candidacy (100.000 hotel beds, 80.000 flights per year, program of parallel activities, etc.); and the organizational trajectory in Ibiza, focusing on this aspect your presentation.
On the other hand, Jorge García; He highlighted the proven technical solvency in the organization of events, and the possibility of joining this project to the elements of World Heritage, such as Dalt Vila and Oceanic Posidionia.
Finally, Salva Losa; He highlighted the local experience in organizing events with tests such as Santa Eulalia Ibiza Marathon, Ibiza Trail Marathon, Ibiza Half Triathlon, Tour of Ibiza in MTB, Ibiza Half Marathon or the Tour of Ibiza. As well as, the potential of the tourism industry with more than 60 years of experience, the potential of the Ibiza brand, and the positive of being able to associate the sport with the brand internationally.