But can they call themselves the legitimate international governing body when their position in the most popular form of triathlon - long course non-draft - is minuscule compared to Ironman?
Popular where? And yes, only ITU reports to the IOC. But you know this.
But ...And Ironman would love for the official governing body to stop trying to compete with them and finally acknowledge their races as the real world championships.
They are a private company, like MLB, NFL, and NHL. Only the bottom line mattersâ€”cue ignoring doping/cheating for ratings/ROI/profit.
But ...But what does that mean for selection to "Team USA" or other worlds AG teams? Would the NGB's still have control over it, or would it continue to be slots handed out at Ironman races as it is currently?
Why would there be a change in qualification?
But If you race in Kona will you have to buy a crappy and overpriced TYR tri suit?
TYR is no longer the USAT sponsor.
You did not ask the important question(s): what about lottery/charity/celebrity/corporate/legacy entries, etc.?
As of now, basically, anyone can buy their way into IM races, including Kona/Chattanooga, right? This is not soâ€”AFAIKâ€”with ITU events, for which one has to qualify to race.
no sponsors | no races | nothing to see here