In December Tamas Toth was named the chair of the ITU's athlete's committee. Five questions with the Hungarian Olympian about his new position and goals for the next few years.
January 15, 2019 | PERSONALITY|
In December the International Triathlon Union announced that Hungary's Tamas Toth would chair the organization's Athlete's Committee.
“The athletes have been an integral part of the decision-making process since ITU was founded 30 years ago,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said in a press release last fall when the Athlete's Committee was named, illustrating the importance of the committee's work.
Toth was named the chair of the committee in time to sit at the ITU executive board meeting held in Luxor, Egypt, last December. Toth, who is from Budapest, competed at the 2016 Olympic Games. The 29-year-old finished 33rd in Rio and is currently ranked 45th in the WTS ranking.
We caught up with Toth via email to learn a bit more about his new role.
TriathlonWorld.com: What does the Athletes Committee do?
We represent the interest of the competitors towards the International Triathlon Union. We focus on making the races as professional and smooth as possible for the competitors throughout the race experience - from getting on a flight 'till the race finish. We are continuously analyzing the WTS competitions, and we react to the competitor’s responses and try to find the best solution for every issue.
What are your responsibilities as the Chair of the Athletes' Committee?
I do the back office work for the Athlete’s Committee, I represent and present the Athletes Committee at the ITU Executive Board meetings and I also take part in every NOB AC meeting.
Back when I raced, I was the elite athlete representative for Triathlon Canada for many years. I know this can be thankless work. Why is it important for you to be involved with the committee?
As an active competitor I experience from first-hand how we can improve our sport. I am in constant contact with the world-leading triathletes and if they feel it’s necessary to react or change something regarding the race, they turn to me right after the competition is done. I feel this can be the key to fine-tune our already professional level of competition.
What do you see as the most pressing issues for elite triathletes competing on the ITU circuit right now?
Overall, we compete in a well-functioning system. From time to time there are some minor issues, but we are lucky enough that the International Triathlon Union always hears us out.
Do you feel like this work takes away from your own training at all? What are your triathlon goals for the next few years? (I assume the Olympics?)
For the time being, I don’t feel that it is taking away my time it feels more like working a little for myself also. My goal is to participate on the Tokyo Olympics and finish the 2019 season in the top 20 in the WTS ranking.