History of Asian Triathlon Confederation
Asian Triathlon Confederation (ASTC) was established in 1991 to develop the future of triathlon in greater Asia. Currently 29 national federations affiliated with ASTC and that number is steadily increasing as current ASTC President and Sec. Gen. communicating hard to continue to develop and support emerging national federations.
International Triathlon was formed 1989 in France and the Constitution was approved at Avignon, it was felt in 1991 that it was long time that the most populated Contingent have not its own governing body. The time came on 28th June 1991 during the time of Beijing International Triathlon Mr. Les McDonald the President of ITU got representative from China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore together and they drafted the Constitution for Asia to be known as Asian Triathlon Confederation and the abbreviation to be known as ASTC, thus it does not conflict with African Triathlon.
1992, after approving the constitution and name China was asked to nominate the President and they nominated Mr. Lou Dapeng, who was an Executive Board member of the International Athletic Federation and Vice President of the Asian Athletic Association at that time. Mr. Nakaji Shimizu from Japan and Mr. Hong Seoki-Kyo from Korea were elected as Vice President. Mr. Masao Nakayam from Japan was elected as Secretary General and Mr. N. Ramachandaran was elected as Treasurer.
First Asian Triathlon Championships were held 1992 at Hasaki City Japan, where teams from China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Philippines and Malaysia took part. In 1993 the 2nd championships were held at Tianjin, China. In 1994 the 3rd Championships moved to Chedju Island, Korea. The 4th Championships were held at Kota Kinabalu Malaysia in 1995. The 5th w held at Chennai, India in 1996. The 6th was held at Subic Bay, Philippines in 1997. The 7th was held in Singapore in 1998. The 8th was held in Sokcho City, Korea in 1999. The 9th was held at Gamagori, Japan in 2000. The 10th was held in Kota Kinabalau for the second time in 2001. The 11th was held at Xuzhou, China. The 12th was held at Chennai, India for the second time. The 13th was held at Subic Bay, Philippines for the second time. The 14th was held at Singapore. Respectively 21st Asian Triathlon Championships held at Subic Bay, Philippines. Now every month every corner of Asia happening triathlon championships with various titles and sponsorships.
The 2nd Election Congress was held 1995 and the elected President was Mr. Lou Dapeng (China), Vice Presidents Mr. N. Ramchandaran (India) and Mr. Chiharu Igaya (Japan), Secretary General Mr. Masao Nakayama (Japan) and Treasurer Mrs. Irene Benggon Charuruks (Malaysia). In 1999 during the 3rd Election Congress the positions were unchangeable. In 4th Election Congress 2003 Mr. Yu Kyun-Sun (Korea) was elected as President, Mr. Tom Carrasco Jr. (Philippines) who was elected as Senior Vice President and Mr. Masao Nakayama (Japan) being the other Vice President. Mr. Balwant Singh Kler (Malaysia) was elected as Secretary General and Mr. David Hoong Kah Kuan (Singapore) was elected as Treasurer. In 5th Election Congress 2015 Mr. Justin Sukwon Park was elected as President, Mr. Shin Ostuka(Japan) as Senior Vice President, and Mr. Mohammad Ali Sabour(Iran) as Vice President. Mr. Vijitr Sittinawin(Thailand) was elected as Secretary General and Mr. Cheah Choon Nam from Malaysia elected as Treasurer. The EB will continue until 2019.
History by:- Datuk Balwant Singh Kler (ASTC Secretary General)