The opening ceremony to start the FISU World University Championchip Triathlon was held this Thursday, 8, at Pajuçara beach, in Maceió, Alagoas. During the event, the public enjoyed the parade of 20 delegations and the dance performance by the Xique-Xique square, from the Jacintinho neighborhood.
The competition starts this Friday, the 9th, and 96 athletes will start at Praça Multieventos. From 7 am, the women start the circuit and then, at 9 am, it is the men’s turn to debut in the race. The course includes 750m of swimming, 20km of cycling and 5km of running. The 20 participating teams are representing the countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, United States and Brazil.
The president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee (COB), Paulo Wanderley, was full of praise for the organization of the event. “It’s been a success, very happy, very competitive and well conducted”.
The athlete from Brazil, Thiago Gomide, is one of the representatives of the Brazilian team. At just 21 years old, he says it is the first time he is participating in the world championship. “For me, it was an honor to take the oath, a great representation. Knowing the athletes, it will be a very high level competition, but we will take advantage of the home crowd to gain strength”.
Luciano Cabral, president of CBDU and vice president of the International Federation of University Sports (FISU), highlights that it is one of the biggest editions. “We are returning after the pandemic, it is being unforgettable. We want to make Maceió the triathlon capital of the world”.
Alberto Kruschewsky is assistant technical delegate and says that participating in the event is to be part of the history of the world triathlon. “The sport is being highly sought after because it is dynamic and encompasses 3 different events. The public will also have the opportunity to follow the circuit and all the transitions”.