Despite much touted plans by the Government of Bali to brand the Island as the “island of sports." any sport barding plans will go be put on hold for 2014 – at least as far as road-based sporting activities are concerned.
Organizers of the Bali International Triathlon scheduled for June 22, 2014, have received formal notification from the Bali Police asking that the 8th edition of the event be postponed until the Indonesian Presidential Elections 2014 are concluded.
With the presidential election process only coming to a formal end with the swearing in of Indonesia's next president on October 20, 2014, the organizers of the Bali International Triathlon have been compelled to reluctantly postpone the next race until early June 2015.
Run every year since 2007, the Bali International Triathlon has grown with each successive event over the past seven years. In 2013, more than 1,000 participants came to Bali to participate in the race.
The Bali race – based in Jimbaran Bay – comprises a 1.5-kilometer swim, a 40-kilomter bike race through South Bali, and a 10 kilometer foot race. A sprint distance division covering half the longer distance and a 5-kilometer "fun run" also form part of the Bali Triathlon.
Commenting on the decision to postpone, Arie Sukirno, Managing Director of Bali Discovery Tours and co-founder of the Bali event with Generic Events (USA) and Robb Strom, said: “The letter from the police came as a complete surprise, especially after a series of ongoing meetings with regency and police officials held to discuss preparations and operational plans for the coming race.”
Sukirno added having to postpone the race for security reasons was “both bittersweet and ironic” given that the motivation for creating the first Bali Race in 2007 was to demonstrate to the world that Bali was safe following the second Bali terror bombing of 2005.
Refunds are being arranged for all those already registered and paid for the 2014 race.
Sukirno, demonstrating the same grit and determination that has made the Bali International Triathlon an award-winner event on the international sporting calendar, said: “We have every intention of returning with the 8th edition of the Bali International Triathlon in June of 2015 – bigger and better than ever."
Visit the Bali International Triathlon Website for updated information.
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