THE 14th edition of the Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup — a prestigious contest that attracts participants from different corners of the globe — will adapt to a new normal, with all Covid-19 precautionary measures in place.
The event which was initially pencilled for February, but cancelled is expected to be held on September 25 in the resort area of Troutbeck in Nyanga.
Triathlon can be ranked among the minority sports in the country which consists of swimming, cycling and running competed as one continuous event over a number of predetermined distances.
Addressing sports journalists during an online media workshop on Tuesday, Triathlon Zimbabwe president, David Ellis, said they are grateful for the support they continue to get from their sponsors and the media.
Ellis underscored the prominence of the annual event.
“Triathlon Zimbabwe is 35 years in the making and part of our ethos is to provide continuity in the challenging and changing events in our midst. The Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup in Nyanga is not only a key event on our national calendar as it doubles as our national championships as well as in international circuit.
“We are proud to be associated with its staging in Nyanga. The professional way the event is held is testimony to the relationship we have with the LOC of this event and Rick Fulton who has nurtured all aspects of the occasion,” said Ellis.
He heartily thanked sponsors of the event as well as the media for the success of the Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup.
Coca-Cola are the lead sponsors, through their Bonaqua water brand, while Bon Marche, Toyota, Cimas and Rooney’s are some of the sponsors.
Over the years, the Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup has grown to be one of the leading competitions on the continent.
Addressing the same workshop, Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup event director, Rick Fulton, who is also past president for Triathlon Zimbabwe, said they have been working on ensuring the safety of everyone who will be involved in the event.
Fulton said all Covid-19 protocols will be observed, at the event, which features athletes from across the world.
“Principle is that we follow local requirements and World Triathlon event protocols that include implementing all possible measures for respecting the social distancing and hygiene requirements. World Triathlon is following all the recommendations from WHO.
“World Triathlon fully respects and supports the initiatives of the LOCs (Local Organising Committees) and the National Health advice of each country on this matter,” said Fulton.
Tuesday’s online media workshop was mainly to refresh sports journalists about the sport and update them on the various Covid-19 measures which will be put in place during this year’s edition of the event.
The ATU Junior Triathlon Africa Cup will take place at the same venue.
It will see Zimbabwe hosting junior athletes from Egypt, Tunisia, Mauritius, Namibia and South Africa.
Apart from the elite and junior races, other supporting events on the day include an African Cross-Triathlon (off-road) Championship, Schweppes Corporate Triathlon Challenge, Zimbabwe Triathlon Championships, Tri-Kidz and Trisports triathlon, Aquathlon (run-swim-run) and an Open Water Swim, all under the banner of the Bonaqua Troutbeck Multisport Festival.