The project is dedicated to the development of National Federations (NFs) and aims to support them with practical and theoretical knowledge and training through the organisation of training camps, which are delivered with the assistance of IBU experienced Coaches. In order to be able to participate in the programme, NFs must prove that they have a stable federation structure and that they conduct national biathlon championships. The camps can be attended by athletes aged 15 to 23. The project is supported by the IOC IF development programme.
The IBU as a responsible federation, through the IBU IOC training camps, supports developing NFs with practical and theoretical knowledge about sport and biathlon theory and practical training letting the Athletes and Coaches improve their skills and competence for future participation in the international level competitions. The main objectives are:
Promotion of human resources in the host country
Follow-up to previous Oceanic, South American, Asian and European biathlon federation seminars for coaches and athletes
Promotion of diversity and gender equality in sport
Promotion of youth participation in biathlon
Maintenance and improvement of the structure of the international training camps, taking into consideration the option of changing the hosting venue (mid-term planning) in some regions every other year to include more NFs in total
Providing IBU-IOC assistance for national guidance and legacy in the respective hosting countries on the targeted continents
Providing a combination of theory and practice in biathlon sport coaching as well as delivering organizational skills and guidance
In 2022 the IBU is organising two overall camps. The IBU aims to support NFs from C&D development categories. Each invited NF may send a maximum of 2 athletes for one camp (1 female and 1 male athlete) and 1 Coach. All costs for accommodation with all meals for the Camp days only (see “Date”) and experts costs are paid by the IBU.
The applications are open in the IBUScope
Due to the ongoing difficulties with COVID-19, the IBU is organizing in 2021 two overall camps in-person with similar preventive measures as in the previous winter season. The IBU aims to support NFs from C&D development categories. Each invited NF may send a maximum of 4 athletes (2 female and 2 male athletes) and 1 Coach.
More details about the upcoming Wintercamp are uploaded below:Invitation IBU IOC Winter Camp Martell 2021COVID Info IOC Camp Martell 2021
In 2020, the IBU-IOC Virtual Camps were organized from 19 October until 29 November 2020, covering three weeks of online sessions focused on the development of coaches and athletes. During this unique educational experience in small regional groups, coaches learned and broadened their knowledge in the principles of training plans while working with athletes on the national level.IBU-IOC Virtual Camps 2020 Summary
Arne Eidam - Race Director IBU Junior Cup
Theresa Jost - IBU Development Project Coordinator