From the British Triathlon Federation website (original here):
04th December 2009
Following confirmation received from the International Triathlon Union (ITU), British Triathlon is delighted to report that paratriathlon will formally be considered for inclusion in the Rio 2016 Games Sports Programme by the International Paralympic Committee.
Mark Barfield, Director of Development at British Triathlon and member of the ITU Paratriathlon Committee said: "Although there is still work to be done to secure full status, this is great progress. Through working with the ITU Paratriathlon Committee, the development of the paratriathlon over recent years has been exceptional, this is a fantastic step forward for the sport".
ITU Vice President and Board Liaison to the Paratriathlon Committee, Sarah Springman was also delighted to congratulate Sir Philip Craven MBE on being re-elected unopposed to preside over the International Paratriathlon Committee for the next quadrennial. "It is a great tribute to Sir Phil that he has been elected for a third term and will lead paralympic sport through the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He has contributed hugely to the leadership and governance of world sport in his many and various roles. We look forward to benefitting from this great experience as we seek to join the Paralympic family as a programme sport".