Bangladesh Triathlon Association

Kabbadi is the national game of Bangladesh. Cricket and Football are more popular, with Cricket being the most popular sport in Bangladesh closely followed by Football. Other popular sports include field hockey, tennis, biking, badminton, handball, chess, shooting, running, volleyball, swimming, carrom and many games. We are adding Triathlon in the Bangladesh sports list from 2010.

A triathlon is a multi-sport endurance event consisting of swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time, including timed "transitions" between the individual swim, bike, and run components. The demanding nature of the sport focuses primarily on persistent and often periodized training in each of the three disciplines, as well as combination workouts and general strength conditioning to ensure the highest levels of endurance, strength, and power possible come race day. Proficiency in swimming, cycling, and running alone is often not sufficient for success in triathlon.

The first modern swim/bike/run event to be called a 'triathlon' was held at Mission Bay, San Diego, California on September 25, 1974. The race was conceived and directed by Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan, members of the San Diego Track Club, and was sponsored by the track club. 46 participants entered this event. It was reportedly not inspired by the French events, although a race the following year at Fiesta Island, California, is sometimes called 'the first triathlon in America.Today, a number of triathlon events over varying distances are held around the world. The standard "Olympic Distance" of 1.5/40/10 km (.93/24.8/6.2 miles)was created by long time triathlon race director Jim Curl in the mid-1980s.The International Triathlon Union (ITU) was founded in 1989 as the international governing body of the sport, with the chief goal being to put triathlon on the Olympic program.

The journey of Bangladesh Triathlon Association starts from 2009. General Secretary of this Association Mahmudul Karim working to form Bangladesh Triathlon with the support of ASTC. Veteran national athlete Mahabub Ara Begum Gini (Member of Parliament, Member of the Parliamentary Committee of Youth & Sports, Vice Chairman, APPG) President of this Association welcoming all sports lover to join Bangladesh Triathlon Association.

Message from the BTA President

With 14 million of population our presence in the Olympic is very few as you might have noticed earlier. However our present government is very keen and favorable for all types of sports. We have invested heavily last year on sports which you might have seen during the SAF games in January 2010. We ranked third in the SAF games with 19 Gold medals

We participated in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 & 2008 Olympics. We competed in Athletics, Swimming and Shooting in all Olympics.

Our present government are very much interested to invest on athletics and swimming we have already build world class athletics center and swimming pools for our athletes.

Bangladesh Triathlon Association (BTA) came up with the idea to introduce Triathlon in Bangladesh. Which means another 14 million population will come to know about triathlon and the popularity for triathlon will go high.