IBU heads to Munich for milestone Congress

IBU heads to Munich for milestone Congress

Salzburg; 15 October 2019: The International Biathlon Union (IBU) travels to Munich this week for an historic Extraordinary Congress which will define a new era for the federation.​

The Congress will take place on 18-20 October and see the presentation of a number of critical motions designed to strengthen the IBU and maximise biathlon’s potential. Most notable will be the presentation for approval of the new IBU Constitution and Target 26 – the blueprint for the sport’s future.

The modern Constitution will be central to establishing a new IBU that has transparency and integrity at the heart of its governance and operations. It has been developed in line with international best practice and includes a new Integrity Code and Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) which will enhance the independent oversight of any potential integrity breaches.

Target 26, is the first of its kind for the IBU and reflects a commitment to building on the sport’s strong foundations and maximising its huge global potential. Centred on five key targets, the strategic plan provides a clear framework and tangible objectives for the IBU to fulfill between now and 2026.

IBU President Olle Dahlin said:

“The IBU Extraordinary Congress is what we have been working towards over the last year. When the Executive Board and I were elected we made it clear reform was critical and that it must be implemented quickly and effectively. This weekend’s Congress was the target we set to make sure we delivered on our promises, on time.

“Working with all our stakeholders, from our athletes and National Federations, to our Organising Committees and sponsors, have made excellent and necessary progress over the last 12 months. We have shifted the culture within our sport and ensured that everyone has a say in our future. But the Congress is where this progress will be cemented and will mark the true beginning of a new era for the IBU.”

Rules of Congress, Executive Board Rules, Vetting Rules and Event and Competition Rules, will also be presented for approval by the Congress.