IBU Hosts Stakeholder Focus Groups to Guide Development of New Strategic Plan
The International Biathlon Union this week is hosting a series of Focus Groups with all biathlon stakeholders to gather their input and ensure that the new Strategic Plan represents the views and interests of the entire biathlon family.
Athletes, Coaches, National Federations, Committee Members, Staff Members, Technical Delegates, Organising Committees and External Partners are all taking part in Focus Groups in Ruhpolding from 15 to 19 January. The purpose of the Focus Groups is to provide a platform for stakeholders to express the current challenges they are facing and give their input into how they would like to see the sport develop in the future. The meetings are opened by IBU President Olle Dahlin and then led by an external experienced sports consulting firm, to ensure that feedback can be provided in an anonymous and confidential manner.
IBU President Dahlin said:
“These Focus Groups are vital in ensuring that all stakeholders have the opportunity to contribute to the new strategy. We want everyone involved in biathlon to be able to have a say in shaping our collective future. We look forward to reviewing the feedback that is gathered from these meetings and incorporating it into our plan over the coming months. The IBU is long overdue a clear strategic direction and this plan will be critical in helping our sport achieve its enormous potential.”
Under the leadership of IBU President Olle Dahlin, the IBU is embarking on developing a first-of-its-kind Strategic Plan which will provide a strong, new direction for biathlon, which benefits everyone in the sport. The Focus Groups are the second stage of the process and follow the Online Survey which all stakeholders were invited to complete in December 2018. The IBU will consolidate all the input gathered at the Focus Groups and incorporate it into the Strategic Plan which will be presented to an IBU Extraordinary Congress in fall this year.