The full report, which features just under 700 athletes, was generated as part ofCHALLENGEFAMILY‘s commitment to developing the professionalism of the sport. It follows on from the successful Pro Athlete Forum conducted at CHALLENGEBAHRAIN in December where this was one of the topics discussed.
At the forum, the majority of athletes felt that triathlon should adopt a similar system that is applied at the FedExCup as part of the PGA Tour, a world ranking system determined by points.
CHALLENGEFAMILY responded by undertaking the project in-house and has been tracking the earnings of every professional athlete for the past 28 weeks inclusive of allCHALLENGEFAMILY, WTC and ITU events, together with key independent races.
“CHALLENGEFAMILY ‘s commitment to raising the standards for professional athletes in triathlon is unwavering and the need for an inclusive world ranking system is a step toward that goal to present as a unified sport,” said CHALLENGEFAMILY CEO, Zibi Szlufcik. “Triathlon needs to move into line with premier sports like golf and tennis with a world ranking system. It not only rewards the best performed athletes, but provides a simple explanation to non-traditional media and the general public.”
CHALLENGEFAMILY will work towards modifications in line with ITU and having this adopted as an officially recognised world ranking system for the industry.
CHALLENGEFAMILY will update the prize money ranking’s on a weekly basis. A summary is available for viewing in the Pro Athlete section of the CHALLENGEFAMILY web sitewww.challenge-family.com, which also profiles triathlon’s key elite athletes.