Following the International Paralympic Committee's request for ITU to collect further data-based information and details on paratriathlon sport classes, the IPC has this week decided on the three remaining medal events that will debut at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.
The final men's medal event will be filled by the PT2 sport class, while PT2 and PT5 will complete the medal events for the women.
The events join the men's PT1 and men's and women's PT4 sport classes announced in July 2014. The overall programme represents an even split of medal events across genders.
Following July's announcement, the ITU and IPC have been working together to analyse the remaining sport classes ahead of the difficult decision on the final three medal events for paratriathlon's debut in Rio.
While paratriathlon's debut at the Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games is an exciting cornerstone moment for the sport, ITU realizes the disappointment for the sport classes that are not included on the programme.
ITU would like to assure all paratriathletes that we will remain committed to both campaigning for the inclusion of all remaining sport classes in Tokyo 2020, as well as to their continued development at ITU paratriathlon events.
ITU will continue to offer top quality competitive races in all of its sport classes, including World Championships every year, as well as development and classification opportunities. ITU is sure that if we all, paratriathletes, NFs, LOCs and ITU, continue performing like this during the next years, all categories will be present at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.