2021 IBU World Championships Biathlon set to feature world’s best biathletes
The 2021 IBU World Championships Biathlon will get underway in Pokljuka, Slovenia on 10–21 February and is set to showcase the very best of biathlon to millions of people watching around the world.
More than 300 elite athletes from 38 countries are expected to compete in 12 events over 9 competition days during the World Championships. With no fans able to attend due to COVID-19 health protocols, an even greater emphasis has been placed on ensuring the very best viewer experience. For the first time, athletes will wear golden coloured bibs which make clear to the fans which athlete is the defending champion in their respective competition.
Following on from the success of last year’s edition of the World Championships, around 300 hours of live broadcast are planned on linear TV with significantly more being made available across digital platforms.
IBU President Olle Dahlin said:
“The world has changed significantly since we last hosted our World Championships and naturally we have had to adapt our premier event to reflect that. But what has remained the same is the dedication of our athletes and our desire to provide the very best environment for them to compete. We are grateful to the organizing team in Pokljuka who have worked tirelessly in very difficult circumstances to ensure this event can go ahead. We have no doubt that the venue will provide excellent conditions for world-class biathlon. While we are disappointed we will not have fans in the stands we know that millions will be watching at home around the world.”
The World Championships will be hosted in accordance with the IBU COVID-19 Event Guidelines, which have been successfully implemented at all IBU events this season to ensure the wellbeing of all participants.