Results from athletes' best performance in Munich and London will be added to their points from Singapore to determine the inaugural esports world champions in triathlon ©World Triathlon

The World Triathlon Executive Board has approved the rules and format of this year's Arena Games Triathlon, which will crown the inaugural esports world champions in the sport.

Indoor Series events are scheduled to be held in Munich on April 9 and London on April 23, and it has been revealed that both will feature two heats of either eight or 10 athletes racing over two stages, starting with swimming before moving onto the bike leg and then running.

Timings will determine the order for a pursuit start in the final, which will be held over three stages of swimming, cycling and finally running.

A total of 250 points is available for the winner of each Series event, which decreases by 7.5 per cent for each of the following positions.

The Championship Finals in Singapore, scheduled for May 7, are set to feature 30 athletes on the starting list.

Stages will consist of a 200 metres swim, a virtual bike course of between three to four kilometres, and a virtual run of 1km on a treadmill.

The three-stage grand finale will feature either 10 or 15 athletes, who can qualify either through the heats or through a two-stage repechage.

Victory in Singapore offers athletes 500 points.

Final rankings are to be determined by adding points from the Championship Finals and athletes' best Indoor Series event, with the top-scoring man and woman crowned the first "esports triathlon" world champions.

World champions are set to receive $8,000 (£5,900/€7,100) in prize money, with $6,000 (£4,400/€5,300) available for placing second and $4,000 (£2,900/€3,500) for third.

Series events offer $5,000 (£3,700/€4,400) to winners and the Championship Finals $7,000 (£5,200/€6,200).

The Arena Games Triathlon was developed by Super League Triathlon during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the World Championships created under a partnership with World Triathlon.

It has been claimed that this ties in with the International Olympic Committee's ambition to develop esports and virtual sport, which features in Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and has led to the launch of the Olympic Virtual Series

The events are to be supported by virtual platform Zwift.