World Triathlon and Super League Triathlon announce London as one of three locations for Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series powered by Zwift 2022.
Following on from the recent news of a ground-breaking partnership between Super League Triathlon (SLT) and World Triathlon (WT) to grow a global esports World Championship series - Arena Games Triathlon (AGT) powered by Zwift - we are proud to announce that London has been named as one of the three global cities that will host these Games in 2022.
Taking place on Saturday 23 April 2022 at the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the city will once again host an Arena Games event. This follows the dramatic 2021 event which saw the return of competitive sport to the capital, where Team GB’s Alex Yee, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Jonny Brownlee and Jess Learmonth took centre stage on home turf, and Learmonth was crowned the winner of the women’s Triple Mix race.
Arena Games Triathlon 2022 Locations:
- April 9 2022: Munich, Germany at Olympia-Schwimmhalle
- April 23 2022: London, UK at London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- May 7 2022: Singapore Grand Final
Following on from the success of Team GB Triathlon at the Tokyo Olympic Games earlier in the year, which included two individual silver medals and a gold in the first-ever team relay event, British triathlon fans won’t have to wait long to watch their Olympic Champions compete on home soil under one roof.
Andy Salmon, British Triathlon CEO, said: “The Arena Games was a really exciting addition to the international triathlon calendar in 2021 and we’re looking forward to what the new partnership between Super League and World Triathlon will bring for the sport in 2022. We’re pleased that London has been included as a leg of the Arena Games once again and I know it will be a fantastic event for everyone involved.”
Arena Games Triathlon is a trailblazing concept pioneered by SLT, grown from an ambition to drive competitive triathlon throughout the global pandemic. 2021 saw the first multi-city version of the Games set in Rotterdam and London; the recent partnership with World Triathlon means the AGT will be bigger and better than ever in 2022, with a return to London (23 April), and two cities hosting the event for the first time: Munich (9 April) and Singapore (7 May).
The real-life and virtual reality blended racing provides an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world without leaving the comfort of their seat. The event also gives esport fans, and lovers of sports statistics, the chance to enjoy live data from the athletes in real time. Born in the COVID era but promising a new generation of stars, the Arena Games Triathlon is the future of indoor racing.
Each event will contribute points to the WT World Ranking, and the athletes who collect the most points over the course of the series will be awarded the first-ever triathlon esport World Titles in Singapore. All three venues will see the return of fast and furious Elite racing, offering an incredible spectator experience for the fans.
“We are delighted to welcome three amazing cities such as London, Munich and Singapore to our roster of hosts - we can not think of a better scenario for the 2022 season of the Arena Games Triathlon. The three events offer a combination of vast experience on triathlon events, Olympic tradition and great hosting capabilities, so I am sure that both athletes and fans will enjoy it. We cannot wait for the start of the esports season!”, said World Triathlon President and IOC Member, Marisol Casado.
“We have continued to innovate during the pandemic, and the pinnacle of that is our Arena Games Triathlon, which we recently announced the partnership with World Triathlon. It's very exciting to see the first World Series of Triathlon esport coming together and announce this powerful line up with iconic locations! This series will be a milestone in triathlon’s history and these venues will really do that justice!” explained Michael D’hulst, CEO and co-founder of Super League Triathlon.
Lyn Garner, Chief Executive of the London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Arena Games to the London Aquatics Centre this April and that London will be a host city to the the first ever triathlon esport World Championship series. This will be another exciting event coming to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as it marks 10 years since the world’s spotlight shone on London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and celebrates the legacy created.”
World Triathlon and Super League will collaborate on all aspects of Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift, including scheduling, participating athletes, involvement of national federations, promotion, broadcasters, host venues and amplifying the reach of the events.