On Monday and Tuesday of this week in Pontevedra, the technical team of Multisport 2019 examined the progress of various essential organisational aspects of the project necessary for the great success of the races. Such a high level sporting event brings with it the complexity of organising intricate timetables and race courses, meaning there are still details to be assessed and improved which are being finalised this week in order to ensure minimal effect on urban mobility during the event.
The championships start on the 27th April 2019 and will last until 4th May. The first event to take place will be the duathlon world championships consisting of age group sprint, junior and elite. The standard distance will be on the Sunday including the para duathlon world championship event and the mixed relays. The triathlon cross world championship will be on the 30th April and the aquathlon world championship on the 2nd May. Last but by no means least, the ITU long distance triathlon and aquabike world championships will be on the 4th of May. Some of these races are subdivided into age group, junior, sub23 and relay categories etc, meaning that there will be 9 major competitions taking place during that week.
Taking advantage of the presence of the event’s technical race director, Jorge García, accompanied by the head of athlete services, Armando Rodríguez, the teams exchanged information and made joint decisions with the local organisation committee, visiting the various settings which will house the operational headquarters of the different sections of the organisation, especially the cultural centre, (the Pazo da Cultura) and the Galician sports performance and training centre for gifted young athletes, CGTD (Centro Galego de Tecnificación Deportiva) whose ample installations will become bases for the organisation teams’ offices, administration, athlete support, health centre, media centre, logistics and much more.
The travel requirements of the athletes have been investigated, from their arrival at any of the three main airports (Porto, Santiago and Vigo) to their departure, with careful attention paid to their logistical needs whilst moving between hotels and Pontevedra town centre, due to the fact that many athletes and their supporters will be staying in Sanxenxo, Poio and Marin during the event, with some athletes and entire national teams coming from hotels in Vigo by train.
Other important topics of discussion between the organisation teams included: professional bike hire, tourist offers and activities, signage, sport branding, live streaming of events on the internet and on two huge screens around the town, matters of protocol, hospitality areas to satisfy the needs and expectations of the athletes and their supporters, entertainment, shows, opening and closing ceremonies, multilingual customer services and information for visitors and social media, among many other aspects which were reviewed and resolved along with our official international travel agency, Globalia, who are taking care of all travel matters.