Covid-19 Updates

Covid-19 Updates

BMW IBU World Cup 8 Kontiolahti, FIN

06.03.2022

The IBU has conducted further SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Kontiolahti (FIN) according to its testing protocols and in agreement with the Finnish health authorities.

One Austrian team official, three German team officials, two Czech team officials, three Norwegian team officials and one male Italian athlete tested positive. 

All persons have been isolated, further procedures are handled by the Finnish health authorities. Several tests are still being evaluated.

Update on IBU COVID-19 Procedure for the remaining BMW IBU World Cup Stages in Otepää (EST) and Olso-Holmenkollen (NOR):

On the proposal of the IBU Medical Advisory Group (MAG), the IBU decided on 5 March 2022 to adapt its COVID-19 Guidelines for the remaining events of the BMW IBU World Cup Season 2021/2022 season as follows: 

  • All persons travelling from Kontiolahti (FIN) to Otepää (EST) shall present a negative PCR test for the on-boarding in Otepää (unless recently recovered and clarified with the IBU). This is especially important as the big majority of stakeholders are traveling from Finland to Estonia by IBU-organized charter flights.

  • All teams are requested to continue having a team-internal Antigen test protocol in place that shall detect positive cases regularly. This procedure has worked well since January 2022. 

  • Besides the test requirements as stated above, no further PCR tests are mandatory to be taken within the event bubble in Otepää/Oslo-Holmenkollen

  • Any persons entering the event bubble in either Otepää or Oslo-Holmenkollen from outside are required to present a negative PCR test result (max. 72 hours old); this also applies for persons coming from the IBU Cup in Lenzerheide (SUI) or Ridnaun (ITA)

  • PCR tests can be required by the teams or single persons in case of symptoms and/or in case such a test is needed for travelling home

The above new protocol was agreed as well with the event organizers/health authorities in Estonia and Norway and is in line with the current national regulations in those two countries. The protocol for the IBU Cup stays in place as planned. Further information on the IBU COVID-19 Rules can be found here.

05.03.2022

The IBU has conducted SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Kontiolahti (FIN) according to its testing protocols.

Several persons from various teams tested positive. The IBU has agreed with the Finnish authorities that further tests are conducted to define whether or not these are positive results from previous infections. Due to the break after the Olympic Winter Games there was no event-related PCR testing regime in place and thus positive tests might be recurring positives without people knowing that they had caught the Omicron variant.

The IBU Medical Advisory Group will convene tonight to assess the situation and discuss next steps. More detailed information will be communicated in due course.

BMW IBU World Cup 7 Antholz-Anterselva, ITA

23.01.2022

The IBU has conducted 290 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Antholz (ITA) today according to its testing protocols.

One Finnish athlete and a member of a service supplier tested positive. Both persons have been isolated, further procedures including contact tracing are handled by the local health authorities.

21.01.2022

The IBU has conducted 210 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Antholz (ITA) since Tuesday according to its testing protocols.

One media representative tested positive and has been isolated, further procedures are handled by the local health authorities.

BMW IBU World Cup 6 Ruhpolding, GER

16.01.2022

The IBU has conducted 850 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Ruhpolding (GER) since Wednesday according to its testing protocols. These tests include the on-boarding tests for event participants travelling directly to the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Antholz (ITA).

One member of the US team tested positive and has been isolated, further procedures are handled by the local health authorities. There are no athletes affected.

Due to the current national regulations in Italy, event participation at the World Cup in Antholz and accommodation is only allowed for fully vaccinated or recovered persons.

Thus, only fully vaccinated or recovered athletes can start at the World Cup in Antholz. Event participants who are fully vaccinated with non-EU vaccines will be able to participate in Antholz. They will be SARS-Cov-2 PCR-tested in accordance with the IBU testing protocol every 48 hours during their stay in Italy.

12.01.2022

The IBU has conducted 160 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Ruhpolding (GER) according to its testing protocols. In addition, all 750 event participants had to present a negative PCR test to receive accreditation for the World Cup in Ruhpolding.

One athlete of the German team has tested positive and has been isolated. Contact tracing by the local health authorities is ongoing and a decision on quarantine is pending.

One member of the Norwegian team also tested positive and has been isolated, further procedures are handled by the authorities.

One member of the Ukrainian team has been tested positive. The person as well as two other team members, who were close contacts, have been quarantined. No athletes are affected. All three teams are under an extended testing protocol over the next days.

At the IBU Cup in Osrblie (SVK), two Swedish athletes, one Romanian athlete and one volunteer of the Organising Committee tested positive. Contact tracing by the local health authorities is ongoing and a decision on quarantine is pending.

At the Junior Cup in Pokljuka (SLO), two onboarding tests of Russian athletes were positive. The athletes have been quarantined by the local authorities.

BMW IBU World Cup 5 Oberhof, GER

09.01.2022

The IBU has conducted the final 300 of 1100 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof (GER) according to its testing protocol. In addition, 550 PCR onboarding tests, which all team members (including athletes, coaches, officials and technicians) had to provide to enter the event bubble, have all been negative. One member of the media has tested positive today. The person has been isolated, contact tracing is ongoing and a decision on quarantine is pending. Due to the current national regulations in Italy, event participation at the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Antholz and accommodation is only allowed for fully vaccinated or recovered persons. Thus, unvaccinated athletes cannot start at the World Cup in Antholz due to the new guidelines by the Italian authorities. Event participants who are fully vaccinated with non-EU vaccines will be able to participate in Antholz. They will be SARS-Cov-2 PCR-tested in accordance with the IBU testing protocol every 48 hours during their stay in Italy. At the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon, 98% of team members, including athletes, coaches, officials and technicians are fully vaccinated against or have recently recovered from Covid-19.

09.01.2022

The IBU has conducted further 500 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof (GER) according to its testing protocols.

One athlete of the Romanian team and one official of the Bulgarian team have tested positive. The Bulgarian team member has been quarantined by the local health authorities and for the Romanian athlete, who has been isolated, contact tracing is ongoing and a decision on quarantine is pending. Both teams are under an extended testing protocol over the next days.

The IBU will conduct several hundred additional tests this Sunday for event participants traveling to the next World Cup stage in Ruhpolding (GER) to accomplish a Covid-19-free event bubble.

07.01.2022

The IBU has conducted further SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof (GER) according to its testing protocols.

One athlete of the Swiss team has tested positive and been quarantined. One official of the Russian team has also tested positive and been isolated. Contact tracing by the local health authorities is ongoing and a decision on quarantine is pending.

The Swiss and the Russian teams are under an extended testing protocol over the next days.

06.01.2022

The IBU has conducted close to 250 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oberhof (GER) according to its testing protocols for unvaccinated team members and accredited persons, who show Covid-19 symptoms.

One athlete of the Russian team has tested positive and has been isolated. Contact tracing by the local health authorities is ongoing and a decision on quarantine is pending. All 550 PCR onboarding tests, which all team members (including athletes, coaches, officials and technicians) had to provide to enter the event bubble, have been negative.

According to the government regulations in Germany, where only EU-approved vaccines are recognised, 75% of World Cup team members count as fully vaccinated against or have recently recovered from Covid-19.

Due to the latest pandemic developments, the IBU has decided to implement stricter Covid-19 protocols for its January events. The tightened rules include PCR-tests for all event participants to enter event bubbles and additional test (PCR and antigene) after the onboarding. The IBU will also travel with its own laboratory again to guarantee a smooth testing procedure. The new guidelines apply for all World Cups, IBU Cups and Junior Cups. More information can be found here.

BMW IBU World Cup 4 Annecy-Le Grand Bornand, FRA

19.12.2021

The IBU has conducted 450 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Le Grand Bornand (FRA) according to its testing protocols for unvaccinated team members and event participants who do not count as vaccinated in France. All tests were negative.

BMW IBU World Cup 3 Hochfilzen, AUT

13.12.2021

The IBU has conducted another 290 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen (AUT) according to its testing protocols for unvaccinated team members and event participants who do not count as vaccinated in Austria. All tests were negative.

The next BMW IBU World Cup takes place in Annecy-Le Grand Bornand (FRA). According to the government regulations in France, where only EU-approved vaccines are recognised, 75% of World Cup team members, including athletes, coaches, officials and technicians count as fully vaccinated against or have recently recovered from Covid-19.

10.12.2021

The IBU has conducted 250 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Hochfilzen (AUT) according to its testing protocols for unvaccinated team members and event participants who do not count as vaccinated in Austria. All tests were negative.

According to the government regulations in Austria, where only EU-approved vaccines are recognised, 75% of World Cup team members, including athletes, coaches, officials and technicians count as fully vaccinated against or have recently recovered from Covid-19.

Due to the dynamic development of the pandemic, the IBU has tightened the Covid-19 regulations for the use of face masks for Hochfilzen, where only FFP2 masks are allowed and masks have to be worn whenever physical distance cannot be kept. More information: https://www.biathlonworld.com/inside-ibu/covid-19

BMW IBU World Cup 1&2 Oestersund, SWE

05.12.2021

The IBU has conducted 164 SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oestersund (SWE) according to its testing protocols for unvaccinated team members. Further tests were taken for all event participants travelling to Hochfilzen (AUT), who do not count as vaccinated in Austria.

In Oestersund there were two positive test results by a member of the media and a member of the Ukrainian team. The Swedish authorities have ordered isolation for the persons who tested positive as the administrative procedure is still ongoing. There are no athletes affected.

According to the government regulations in Austria, where only EU-approved vaccines are recognised, 75% of World Cup team members, including athletes, coaches, officials and technicians count as fully vaccinated against or have recently recovered from Covid-19.

Due to the dynamic development of the pandemic, the IBU has tightened the Covid-19 regulations for the use of face masks already for Hochfilzen, where only FFP2 masks are allowed and masks have to be worn whenever physical distance cannot be kept. More information: https://www.biathlonworld.com/inside-ibu/covid-19

02.12.2021

The IBU has conducted SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests at the BMW IBU World Cup in Oestersund (SWE) and the IBU Cup in Sjusjoen (NOR) according to its testing protocols for unvaccinated team members and accredited persons, who show Covid-19 symptoms.

In Oestersund there was one positive test result by a member of the media. The Swedish authorities have ordered quarantine for the person who tested positive and recommended isolation for the contacts.

In Sjusjoen, one athlete of the Russian team tested positive. The Norwegian authorities have ordered quarantine and traced contacts.

In the World Cup, 98% of team members, including athletes, coaches, officials and technicians are fully vaccinated against or have recently recovered from Covid-19. At the IBU Cup the rate of recently recovered and fully vaccinated team members is at 97%.