• Great Britain and USA will have the largest contingents of 351 and 294 International Age Group triathletes respectively for the global event between 23rd to 26th November.
  • Kuwait and Egypt will be among the MENA teams competing alongside the hosts, Team UAE.
  • The event has also opened new, all-inclusive race categories offering the local community the opportunity to race as well

Abu Dhabi, 20thOctober 2022: A total of 45 National Federations have been confirmed to compete in next month’s World Triathlon Championship Finals 2022 Age Group races in Abu Dhabi, presented by Daman, with Great Britain and the United States of America (USA) arriving with the two largest contingents of athletes.

Held between 23rd to 26th November at Yas Island, the prestigious global event, which is being hosted for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, will feature participants from all around the world including the UAE, competing across different categories.

Great Britain will have the biggest squad of 351 athletes registered as of today, followed by USA, who will bring 294 participants to the UAE capital. Canada will have the third largest with 115.

The four-day event will also feature experienced and up-coming athletes from the MENA region. As hosts, the UAE will aim to make the nation proud while Egypt and Kuwait will be sending its largest contingents since the 2015 Chicago edition.

The Age Group World Championship teams will be among thousands of triathletes competing across five categories: Elite Men & Women; Elite U23 Men & Women; Elite Para Men & Women; Age Group Men & Women (super sprint time trial distance, standard distance, and aqua bike); and the Community and Youth Races.

Members of local communities can be part of the Finals with registration still open for adults and kids’ community events. For adults, there are three events to choose from – Super Sprint (400m swim, 10km bike and 2.3km run), Sprint (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run), while the Standard consists of 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run. These races can be completed by one individual or as relay with two or three people competing in a discipline. The junior races offer race categories for children aged 9 years and above.

His Excellency Aref Alawani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming some of the best and up-and-coming international age group triathletes to the World Triathlon Championship Finals in what promises to be a thrilling spectacle of sport and entertainment.

“With 44 international federations plus the UAE set to feature, this only signifies how prestigious the event is. Fans can look forward to watching the inspirational athletes across Elite, Para and Age Group categories up close in action as they aim to end their season as World Champions.

“The Finals also presents a fantastic opportunity for our local communities to get involved and the packed schedule includes a variety of races that cater to both adults and youth.”

Mario Casado, President of World Triathlon and a member of the IOC, added” “The Championships Finals is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone, and I am convinced that all those athletes traveling to Abu Dhabi in November will have one of the greatest experiences of their lives.

“The pandemic forced us to postpone the Age Group World Championships the last couple of years, but it is fantastic to be able to come back and give athletes from all over the world the opportunity to perform at their best.”

Organised by Abu Dhabi Sports Council and World Triathlon, the competition strengthens Abu Dhabi’s position as a global sporting destination. Located within 8 hours’ flying time for two-thirds of the world’s population, the emirate is perfectly situated to welcome athletes, media, federations, and spectators alike to the pinnacle of the sport.

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About World Triathlon Championship Finals 2022

Running between 23 – 26 November 2022, the World Triathlon Championship Finals will take place in Abu Dhabi – the first ever city in the MENA region to host this prestigious event. The Championship Final is the crown jewel of the World Triathlon annual calendar where the World Champions across both elites and amateurs will be crowned.

The 2022 season finale is set to welcome more than 5,500 local, regional, and international triathletes to the UAE’s premium sporting destination – Yas Island. As well as drawing some of the world’s most well-known and respected athletes to Abu Dhabi, more than 15,000 spectators and national federations members are also expected to attend what promises to be a fantastic four days of elite competition and grassroots community participation, with entry open to athletes of various age levels and abilities.

Previous hosts include London, Budapest, Beijing, Auckland, Chicago, Gold Coast, Lausanne, and Edmonton.

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About World Triathlon

World Triathlon is the international governing body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of triathlon and all related multisport disciplines around the world, including duathlon, aquathlon, cross triathlon and winter triathlon.

Triathlon made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000, with a third medal event, the Mixed Team Relay, added to the programme at Tokyo 2020, while para triathlon was first added to the Paralympic programme at Rio 2016.

World Triathlon is proudly committed to the development of the sport worldwide, with inclusion, equality, sustainability, and transparency at our core as we seek to help triathletes at all levels of the sport to be extraordinary.

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