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Following the tragic earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) began a fundraising campaign to help the Nepalese people, and the Nepal Triathlon Association (NTA), which succeeded in raising more than $10,000 for Nepal. Half a year later, an agreement is now in place to not only rebuild a school in Nepal, but to also create a Triathlon Talent School, which will help promote triathlon to the new generation of young athletes in the country.
“I’d like to thank everyone that donated to the campaign, as well as to all of the National Federations that stepped forward to assist us in helping our friends in Nepal,” said ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado, who traveled to Nepal to see first-hand how the funds will be distributed.
”It really is an honor to see that the funds raised by the triathlon family will be used to help Nepalese students, as well as young triathletes, who will now have new facilities to learn and practice,” remarked Casado.
“The Nepal Triathlon Association family is really thankful to the ITU President, Marisol Casado, for her initiative to call on the global triathlon family to come together to help Nepal in this difficult situation. We thank all who have been a part of this campaign, who will now be able to see that dream, the one of helping our people, a reality,” said NTA Secretary General Nilendra Shrestha. “As there is a need for help and assistance in every sector, NTA decided not to spread the amount on individuals, but to choose one school that was destroyed and help completely rebuild it.”
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