Challenge Bahrain’s General Manager, Mikel Calahorra, said: “We’d like to thank everyone for their continued support. We’ve worked hard for many months to deliver an exceptional race that followed on from the legacy created by the inaugural Challenge Bahrain in 2014.

“Challenge Family is committed to delivering the highest quality triathlons on the best and safest courses. In light of the permit issues, we were unable to do this for Challenge Bahrain 2015 and we felt it was in the interest of the athletes that we cancel the race.”

All registered athletes have been contacted directly with regards to the registration fee refunds, but there will certainly be stern criticism from those who have already paid for flights and hotels for the race.

Where the cancellation of the race leaves the Nasser bin Hamad Triple Crown Grand Final has yet to be announced, with Challenge Bahrain – which was cited as a ‘game-changer’ after its debut outing in 2014 – due to host the Grand Final of the $1million series.

The Triple Crown has already witnessed a cancellation in its Oman leg (replaced, under-the-radar, in the series by August’s Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Austria), with the new Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship in Bahrain on 5 December the obvious choice.

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