Next February 13 and 14, the Cuban capital Havana will for the second time, host the Pan-American Cup and Spanish- American Triathlon Championship, a sport that is growing in popularity on the Island.
380 tri-athletes from 35 countries –a majority to date from the U.S - have confirmed their participation, a number that surpasses the previous event.
Considering the high level of interest expressed, this number is likely to increase before registrations close on January 25th.
One unique feature of the competition among others is that the prize winners will receive works by internationally renowned Cuban painters.
More importantly perhaps, is the fact that the eyes of this sport from around the globe will be set on Cuba, which, in the words of Spanish International Triathlon Union (ITU) President Marisol Casado, has the requisite conditions to host a World Cup, even as soon as 2017.
The head of the ITU since 2008 said “It would be a great honor for my Federation to have an event such as the 2017 World Cup in Havana...After the Spanish-American Championship we need to undertake that even more comprehensive task. Havana will be of the most important centers of the sport”.
At a press event outlining preparations underway for the forthcoming event, Casado praised the “historic ties” that unite her country with Cuba and expressed the Federation’s intention to help divulge to the world Cuba’s social and cultural realities and “great sporting talent”.
Casado, who had discussed with Cuban sporting authorities the necessary guarantees for the organization of a World Cup in Havana added, “Cuban athletes deserve a world class competition because the pride experienced when your homeland welcomes the world’s best in your discipline is very beneficial”.
In order to improve on the quality of the previous event, for enhanced synchronicity with the international calendar, and to ensure participation by the greatest possible number of contestants, the dates of this Pan and Spanish American event have been changed.
The event will also receive broader media coverage and some limitations of the circuit have been eliminated to enhance its dynamism and entertainment value.
There will be Sprint (750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run), Half (1.9 km/90 km/21 km) and Long Distance (3.8 km/180 km/42 km) competitions.
Starting and finishing at the Hemingway Marina and affiliated to the Pan-American Cup, points from the first of these categories will count in world rankings, and the winner will qualify for the Rio de Janeiro-2016 Olympics.Share on FB Share on TT