Para-triathlon has been accepted into the Paralympic Games and will debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) made the decision at the IPC Governing Board meeting in Guangzhou, China, ahead of the Asian Para Games in 2010.
The annual ITU Triathlon World Championships includes a para-triathlon sprint distance event with a 750m swim, 20 km cycling using handbikes, bicycles or tandem bicycles with a guide and a 5km wheelchair or running race.
Athletes compete in six categories according to the nature of their physical impairments. There are currently five sport classes for athletes with an impairment to compete at all ITU para-triathlon sanctioned events.
Para-triathlon offers a unique and inclusive global opportunity for athletes with an impairment to perform at elite levels in a modern, exciting and dynamic sport, as it is one of few sports in which able-bodied athletes compete side-by-side with athletes with an impairment at both the national and international levels.