IBU Congress: New IBU Leadership Successfully Launches a Fresh Start

IBU Congress: New IBU Leadership Successfully Launches a Fresh Start

Poreč, 08 September 2018: The 13th Regular IBU Congress has adopted an amended Code of Ethics and a whistleblower policy, amongst many changes to the IBU Constitution and official rules documents.

The Congress has adopted a proposal to establish an editorial committee for the period 2018-2022, which will completely revise the IBU Constitution by the next Congress in 2020 at the latest. This revision will focus on infusing the Constitution with the values of good governance and value management.

Another decision adopted is to only allow IBU events to be awarded to, and hosted by, member federations who have code-compliant National Anti-Doping Organisations and who are WADA Code-compliant both during the event bidding/award process and when the subsequent event is held.

The Congress has furthermore decided that an IBU Athletes’ Committee representative will be a voting member in the Executive Board, bringing the Board total to eleven members. 

To underpin its promise of good governance, the Congress has ratified the IBU Executive Board's proposal that the IBU Congress is to be organised and hosted by the IBU in Austria in Winter Olympic years, so as to manage resources more prudently.

“Today showed that we are being true to our promise of taking the IBU and biathlon into an era of greater transparency, good governance, and of dedicating even more time and expertise to the fight against anti-doping rule violations,” said Olle Dahlin, the new IBU President elected yesterday.

Sport-related proposals from the IBU Technical Committee adopted by the Congress include doubling the number of starters permitted in the men's (15km) and women's (12.5km) mass start to 60 per gender, instead of the previous 30. The number of BMW IBU World Cup wild cards available has moreover been raised to eight, and restricted to a maximum of two per national federation.

Finally, the Congress delegates enjoyed presentations by the IBU World Championship organisers Oestersund 2019 and Antholz/ Anterselva 2020 as well as IBU Open European Championship organisers Minsk-Raubichi 2019 on the status of preparations. A delegation from the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games presented an update on the progress of construction work at the Olympic venue after the IBU and BOGOC had signed a Sport Delivery Plan - a standard agreement of principles to guarantee the best possible delivery of biathlon competitions.