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International Triathlon Union


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[International Triathlon Union flag]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 1 March 2011

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The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the international governing body for the multi-sport disciplines of triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and other nonstandard variations. The ITU is headquartered in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The International Triathlon Union was founded on April 1, 1989, at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France.
It was formed in part to give the growing sport of triathlon an official organizing body and in part to advocate for the entry of triathlon into the Olympic Games. There are more than 120 affiliated National Federations around the world.
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Zoltan Horvath, 1 March 2011

The Flag

This is the ITU (International Triathlon Union) flag, based on the Flag Manual of the 2010 Beijing Olympic Games.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 1 March 2011

Flag at the London 2012 Olympics

The protocol manual for the London 2012 Olympics (Flags and Anthems Manual London 2012 [loc12]) provides recommendations for flag designs. Each international federation and international paralympics federation was sent an image of the flag, including the PMS shades, for their approval by LOCOG. Once this was obtained, LOCOG produced a 60 x 90 cm version of the flag for further approval. So, while these specs may not be the official version of each flag, they are certainly what the international federation and international paralympics federation believed the flag to be.
For ITU: PMS 2955 dark blue, 144 orange, 2955 at 80% light blue. The vertical flag is simply the horizontal version in 5:3, with the logo in the centre.
Ian Sumner, 10 October 2012