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Major triathlon event cancelled.

ORGANISERS have been forced to cancel an Olympic Triathlon event which was to be held tomorrow due to poor response from sponsors and scheduling problems.

The triathlon is part of a series of sports events organised to raise money in support of the Bahrain Cancer Society and the Ria Centre for children with autism.

The first Sprint triathlon was held on October 14 at Durrat Al Bahrain, and the next event, the half Iron Man triathlon, will be held at the same location on December 16.

The organising committee, chaired by Adnan Al Qassab, said that they had no choice but to cancel the Olympic Triathlon scheduled for tomorrow.

Response

This was due to very poor response from sponsors and difficulties holding the event at the venue, it added.

"The committee decided to cancel the Olympic Triathlon, including other activities scheduled on the day," said Mr Al Qassab.

"We are forced to take such painful decision and we sincerely apologise for all inconveniences caused."

Entry fees for the half Iron Man event next month have been reduced to encourage more participants, he added.

Those interested can either enter individually or in a team of three.

For juniors between 11 and 15 years old, entry for individuals costs BD6 and BD9 per team.

For adults over 16 years old, entry for individual athletes costs BD10 and BD12 per team.

Those taking part in the walkathon who are over 11 years old must pay BD2 each.

Each athlete and walker will be given a free T-shirt.

The half Iron Man triathlon consists of a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike and a 21.1km run.

Other sporting events will be held on the same day, including a Try a Tri (300m swim, 10km cycle and 3km run), and a 5km walkathon, both of which are open to male and female participants aged 11 years and above.

A sprint triathlon (750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run) and the half Iron Man are open to male and female participants aged 16 years and above.

Prizes will be awarded to individual and team winners of all events, excluding the walkathon.

Registration will be held from 6am to 7am on December 16, before a compulsory safety briefing at 7.10am.

The Tri a Tri for both adults and juniors will start at 7.20am, followed by the Sprint triathlon at 7.30am.

The half Iron Man will commence at 7.40am and the walkathon will start at 8am.

A prize ceremony will be held between 12.30pm and 1pm.

Medals will be given to individual men and women coming first, second and third and the men, women and mixed teams in first place in each event.

Male and female participants who are under and over 40 years old, and over 50 years old, and who come either first, second or third in the Tri a Tri, the sprint triathlon and the half Iron Man triathlon will also be given medals.

For more information, contact Mr Al Qassab on 39132102 or email adnan.alqassab@gmail.com.

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