IBU mourns loss of Biathlon Pioneers

IBU mourns loss of Biathlon Pioneers

It is with great sadness that the IBU has learned of the deaths of IBU Technical Delegate Nicolai Lalym and Czech biathlon visionary Zdeněk Kašper.

One of the pioneers of biathlon in Czech Republic, Zdeněk Kašper, who would have celebrated his 88th Birthday in December, died on Monday, 1 October 2018. His was a life of visionary ideas, extraordinary achievements and great personal fulfillment.

Kašper was the main organizer of the first biathlon competition in the former Czechoslovakia, a loud advocate of the change from large-bore to small-bore rifles and a big campaigner for the full integration of women's biathlon with the first women’s World Championships taking place in Chamonix, France in 1984.

In 2006, Kašper was awarded the Biathlon Honorary Award for his achievements in Oberhof; seven years later he was admitted to the Hall of Fame of the Czech Biathlon Association.

Nicolai Lalym passed away on Saturday, 29 September 2018 aged 68, and was one of the most important coaches and supporters of biathlon in the St. Petersburg region during the past 30 years.

Lalym was a long time biathlon referee in the Russia and contributed significantly to the development of international biathlon during his many years as a member of the IBU technical delegate group (IBU TD Group).

Nicolai Lalym will be remembered for his passion for the sport as well as his friendly and helpful nature.

The IBU sends their heartfelt condolences to Nicolay Lalym's family and Zdenek Kasper's family and wishes them strength in this difficult time.