Japanese athlete Ai Ueda, new member of the ITU Executive Board
The International Triathlon Union is pleased to announce that Japanese athlete Ai Ueda, member of the Athlete’s Committee, has been appointed member of the Executive Board as the second representative of the Athletes collective.
ITU implements with this decision its support for increasing the female presence in the government body of the organization, giving also the Athletes more voice as well as more voting rights when it comes to approving decisions.
Following the decision taken by the Executive Board in 2019 of adding a second representative of the Athletes Committee in the Executive Board, Ueda was selected by her fellow Committee members as the new Board representative. She started her Board duties in January 2020.
Ueda is an active elite athlete, as is also the other Athlete representative in the Executive Board, Tamas Toth. Ueda, who has the record of the ITU athletes with more races on her legs -200 last year in Santo Domingo World Cup, will combine her presence in the Executive Board with her training and racing, while she is trying to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines including Duathlon, Aquathlon, Cross Triathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France. It has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then and also has offices in Lausanne, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain. It now has 172 affiliated National Federations on five continents and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympic Games. Triathlon was awarded Olympic Games status in 1994 and made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. Triathlon is also featured in the Asian Games, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games. Paratriathlon was accepted into the Paralympic Games in 2010 and made its Paralympic debut in Rio 2016. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with continental and national federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced sport development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit: www.triathlon.org
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