After four successful years the cooperation between the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and the triathlon team has finished. We would like to say Thank You to all our partners, friends and fans for their support!
The team, which was founded by Swen Sundberg, Dr. Werner Leitner and Faris Al-Sultan in 2009, can look back on many great athletic successes such as an Ironman European Championship title, an ITU World Championship title and multiple Ironman and Ironman 70.3 victories. Further, the idea to develop a training camp in Abu Dhabi could be realized by the team due to their long-standing experience about the country. Unfortunately, all these facts do not seem to count when it comes to the strategic decision of the tourism authority, which is being reorganized at the moment. The negotiations between the agency and the team have dragged on over a few months; regrettably they could not be brought to a positive result. Now the decision to no longer co-operate due to budgetary and strategic reasons was spoken out officially by the authority.
“At least now we know that the Abu Dhabi Triathlon Team will not be continued. For a long while Abu Dhabi kept us guessing, no information was passed on. We were under the impression that the situation was looking positive“, so team captain Faris Al-Sultan who received the message as a rather questionable birthday present. Of course Faris is clearly affected by the situation but still sums the past years up positively: “It was an interesting time, we learned a lot and I experienced both highs and lows – just like in any other area of life, I guess.“