The World Triathlon Corporation, the organisation behind Ironman, have redrawn their controversial Ironman Access Programme, and have issued an apology after numerous complaints were emailed and posted on Facebook.

Triathlon news - Ironman Access ProgrammeThe scheme enabled athletes to pay $1,000 (US) to be able to enter Ironman events one week before everyone else. President and CEO of the WTC Ben Fertic explained the decision to scrap the scheme during a short video on the Ironman website, saying that it had been designed to combat athletes entering multiple events and not taking up their places, thus reducing the slots available for other athletes.

He went on to say that all members would be refunded their money in full. Click here to see his video apology.