IBU EB meets to finalise virtual Congress and discuss season schedule

IBU EB meets to finalise virtual Congress and discuss season schedule

The Executive Board of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) met today ahead of the 14th Ordinary IBU Congress tomorrow with preparations for the virtual session and the selection of the IBU World Championships Biathlon 2024 and 2025 high on the agenda.

The IBU Executive Board also discussed the calendar for the upcoming season. It expressed its support for the decision taken by the International Olympic Committee, Beijing 2022 and the Winter Olympic International Federations to replace the international test events for Beijing 2022 with an adapted sports testing programme this upcoming season.

Under the principles of minimising travel and protecting athlete and stakeholder safety, the IBU has already adjusted the World Cup calendar for the first two trimesters of the 2020/2021 season. Together with its organising committees, National Federations and relevant state authorities, the IBU is currently working to adjust the competition calendar for the third trimester (March 2021 World Cups), when the Biathlon World Cup at the Olympic venue was originally planned. The calendar update will be announced in due course.

In order to guarantee the highest possible standards for the Olympic biathletes in 2022, the IBU will now enter into discussions with Beijing 2022, the Chinese Biathlon Association and the IOC to define the details of the adjusted testing of the Olympic biathlon venue in Zhangjiakou. An IBU delegation took part in a venue visit to Zhangjiakou this week and can confirm that preparations are well on track. 

During the Executive Board meeting, the bidders for the IBU World Championships Biathlon 2024 (Nove Mesto na Morave/CZE) and 2025 (Minsk-Raubichi/BLR and Lenzerheide/SUI) presented their sports technical plans and vision for the IBU flagship event.

The Executive Board also received a technical report from the recently established IBU World Championships Evaluation Commission. Based on this report and the bidders’ presentations, the Executive Board will propose the hosts of the Biathlon World Championships to the Congress tomorrow for approval. The new selection procedure was introduced in the reformed IBU Constitution to guarantee the fairness and integrity of host venue selections.