World Triathlon approved a number of events for 2021 ©World Triathlon

World Triathlon has approved a number of events for 2021 following a season severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chengdu in China has been approved to host a World Triathlon Series (WTS) event in a sprint format on May 1 and 2.

Competition is set to be held at the Jintang Triathlon venue.

The circuit will then move to Japan for the 10th edition of WTS Yokohama on May 15, with a World Paratriathlon Series race contested on the same day.

In order to minimise travel as much as possible between races, a World Cup race in Osaka has also been approved for May 8 and 9. 

After the postponement of the event in 2020, British Triathlon confirmed World Triathlon Leeds will take place on June 5 and 6.

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the race, there will be a new route which starts and finishes in Roundhay Park. 

For the first time, elite Para-triathletes will also be competing. 

The World Triathlon Executive Board also confirmed the postponed Middle Distance Duathlon World Championships in Viborg have been rescheduled for October 2.

Next year's World Triathlon Series event in Leeds will start and finish in Roundhay Park ©Getty Images
Next year's World Triathlon Series event in Leeds will start and finish in Roundhay Park ©Getty Images

"World Triathlon wants to extend their gratitude to all Local Organising Committees and national federations for their continuous support setting up the calendar, and is working with a large number of applicant cities and organisers to finalise the full schedule for the 2021 season," the governing body said. 

In addition to the approval of events, the Executive Board rubber-stamped the distribution of the 2020 bonus pool prize money, which aims to minimise the financial impact of COVID-19 and a lack of events on athletes. 

After consultation with the Athletes' Committee and a survey sent out to all elite athletes, the Board decided to equally divide $100,000 (£77,300/€85,300) between the first 50 men and 50 women on the World Triathlon 2020 ranking.

The Hamburg World Triathlon Series and World Cup events in Mooloolaba, Karlovy Vary, Arzachena and Valencia will count towards the ranking. 

World Triathlon have managed to stage a number of events this year, but the majority have been postponed or cancelled due to the global health crisis.