The International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced today that it will implement a full ban of ski preparation products containing fluor at all its event series from the 2022/2023 season onwards.
The IBU committed to banning flour products used in ski preparation in 2020 based on the apparent health risks and environmental concerns connected to fluorine waxes. Working with Bruker, a leading manufacturer of high-performance scientific instruments, while maintaining a close collaboration with the International Ski Federation (FIS) through a joint working group, the IBU has developed an effective testing method using the Alpha II device. The device provides reliable testing to ensure fluor-free biathlon competitions. IBU will test to ensure that skis are fluor-free at each IBU event, guaranteeing the integrity of competitions and a level playing field.
The IBU held joined tests of the device with its National Federations (NFs) and industry representatives at four World Cup events and demonstrated the testing method to the IBU Athletes Committee at the World Cup final in Oslo, Norway.
More tests and education seminars are planned for NFs, their teams and technicians, and for partners from the industry well before the season starts. More information about the testing procedures on-site at competitions and about the integration into the IBU Event and Competition Rules will be communicated in due course.