From Petition Creator: When we began this petition we had hoped that the voices of many would be heard and heard they were! With the support of YOU globally the ITU announced the following news today: ITU would like to make you aware of recent updates to the 2013 ITU Competition Rules concerning changes to TRI-6 division of paratriathlon. Following consultation with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC),the existing TRI-6 class will be divided into two categories for the 2013 season, as follows: TRI-6a: For totally blind athletes (existing profile 36 and IBSA/IPC B1) TRI-6b: For the balance of athletes with a visual impairment (current profiles 37a and 37b or IBSA/IPC B2 and B3) Please note, the rule change is a transitional provision until all "VI" categories can compete together within the same medal event with the motive of having a fair, competitive and safe competition. The decision that "blackout glasses" will no longer be mandatory during the run segment in 2013 for TRI-6 athletes was made in order to collect data essential to being able to develop an effective and reliable factor system for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. In order to fulfill the IPC mandate to limit the number of medal events at the 2016 Paralympic Games, it may be necessary to combine athletes of varying degrees of disabilities into one class by using "time factor systems" within individual sport classes. Athletes with different degrees of impairments may then compete in the same medal event in a competitive manner. In addition to the TRI-6 category, the research project to manage an evidence-based system for paratriathlon classification will now enter a critical phase for data collection and analysis to help structure the new classification system and assist in drafting the proposal for number of medal events at the 2016 Paralympic Games. The evidence-based system will be reviewed by the ITU Sport Department and Executive Board by May 2013 in order to present to the IPC. Ongoing changes to our rules and regulations will be necessary as we move through this process. ITU would like to thank all National Federations that provided valuable feedback in the past year. We would like to ask for your continued cooperation and feedback as the athlete testing and data collection period begins. *****end of message from ITU****
As our sport grows and more TRI6 athletes take part in it, it will be as equal participants and without fear of injury or the disregard of human rights. We still have some areas to work on and we will get there, but for now the black out glass rule is GONE and that's an amazing start that we championed together as a community! Be proud!