Triathlon President Wins Reelection

(ATR) Marisol Casado wins a fourth term at a virtual Congress.

(ATR) Marisol Casado will serve a fourth term as president of World Triathlon.

She faced a single opponent, Triathlon Denmark leader Mads Freund.

The vote was 86 to 43.

Casado, 64, is from Spain. She also is a member of the IOC.

The election took place on Sunday during a virtual congress of the federation.

"I am delighted to receive this vote of confidence from our members that is an acknowledgment of all the hard work we have been doing to ensure triathlon’s rightful place among the most popular and fastest growing sports in the world," Casado said.

"This past week has shown that the solidarity and integrity of our organization, our National Federations, our committee and commission members and our athletes continues to define us."

"I know that Mads Freund shares my passion for our sport and I promise to take on board the points that his candidacy raised as well as everything that has come out of the discussions with National Federations and Continental Confederations. Working with the new Executive Board, we are ready to make World Triathlon even stronger," she added.

Casado has served as the federation president since 2008. She is the only woman leading an international summer sport federation and one of only two, along with Kate Caithness of the World Curling Federation, in the entire Olympic program.

She won election to the IOC in 2010, with her membership tied to serving as the president of World Triathlon.

Other results included the election of Shin Otsuka (Japan), Debbie Alexander (South Africa), Ian Howard (Great Britain), and Antonio Alvarez (Mexico) as vice-presidents.

The executive board members elected are Gabriela Gallegos (USA),Bernard Saint-Jean (France),Miles Stewart (Australia) andLeslie Buchanan (Canada).

Reported by Ed Hula.