Senior Sports Reporter

BONAQUA Africa Triathlon Cup event director, Rick Fulton, says they have been working on ensuring the safety of everyone who will be involved in the event.

The event is expected to take place on September 25, in Nyanga.

It was initially scheduled for February but had to be moved because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This year marks the 14th edition of the event and it has grown to be one of the leading competitions on the continent.

Coca-Cola are the lead sponsors, through their Bonaqua water brand.

Speaking during an online media workshop, Fulton said all Covid-19 protocols will be observed, at the event, which features athletes from across the world.

The workshop was mainly to refresh the media about the sport, and update them on the various Covid-19 measures, which will be put in place, during the event.

“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,” said Fulton.

“World Triathlon is following all the recommendations from WHO.

“World Triathlon fully respects and supports the initiatives of the LOCs (Local Oganising Committees) and the National Health advice of each country on this matter.

“The IOC (International Olympic Committee) has advised that, during the evolving Covid-19 outbreak, adequate protection of the health, and safety of athletes, must remain a priority. “Under the IOC regulations, event organisers must ensure all athletes are covered by sufficient measures, to protect their health, and that they have access to prompt medical care, while participating in the event.

“Event organisers have put in place preventive measures, to stop the transmission of infection, and put in place mitigation measures, to minimise disease risk.

“Event organisers must ensure that any athlete, or participant in an event on their territory that needs immediate medical care, is given access to medical facilities.”

Different sponsors for the event – Coca-Cola, Bon Marche, Toyota, Cimas and Rooney’s were part of the workshop.

They commended Triathlon Zimbabwe for their professionalism.

Coca-Cola Frontline, Marketing Portfolio Activations Manager Zimbabwe, Faith Nehanda, said they were proud of their relationship with triathlon.