Myrtle Beach to host triathlon, Confederate flag issue

A national competition for an Olympic sport is scheduled to come to Myrtle Beach in 2010 for the first time, and local chamber of commerce officials are confident the Confederate battle flag on the Statehouse grounds will not squelch this deal as it recently did with an ACC tournament.

USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the event, selected Myrtle Beach as the site of the 2010 USA Triathlon National Championship Festival on Nov. 6, 2010.

Myrtle Beach also is scheduled to host the athletes in November 2011 and November 2012 as part of the qualifying process for the USAT Long Course Triathlon National Championship. These may be used as world championship qualifying events, depending on the world championship event dates, officials said Tuesday.

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