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WTC Retracts Its Ban On Compression Socks

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Compression socks have quickly grown in popularity. Photo: Jay Prasuhn
Compression socks have quickly grown in popularity. Photo: Jay Prasuhn

In an official statement, the World Triathlon Corporation announced it has decided not to ban compression socks in the upcoming Ironman World Championship.

In response to athlete feedback, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) has retracted its ban on garments that cover the calves at this year’s Ford Ironman World Championship, taking place on October 10, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  Because the age of athletes wearing these garments is not visible, Ironman will eliminate marking athletes’ ages on calves in Kona to ensure fairness among the field.  The tradition of body marking of bib numbers on athletes’ arms will remain in place.  WTC will continue reviewing this issue and evaluating ways to display ages of participating athletes.