IBU Statement Concerning Beijing 2022 Quota Reduction
Salzburg, Austria; July 18, 2018: The International Biathlon Union is disappointed by the IOC Executive Board’s decision to reduce the biathlon quota for the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing 2022 by 20 athletes. The IBU understands that the quota reduction is part of broader cuts across several winter sports and reflects the IOC’s commitment to reducing the cost of the Games and reaching gender equality in accordance with Agenda 2020, which the IBU supports.
Concerning event formats at the Olympic Winter Games, the IBU has in the 25 years of its existence continuously championed gender balance and innovation. The IBU was one of the first international federations to introduce a mixed-gender relay event and has always maintained the same number of medal events for women and men. In this regard, the IBU proposed the Single Mixed Relay, an Agenda-2020-compliant format, but the event has not yet been added to the programme.
The quota reduction means a setback for the extensive IBU development efforts which are driven by the athletes’ and coaches’ ultimate goal to participate in the Winter Games.
The IBU will now work on proposals for a new quota allocation system. A dedicated workshop with National Federations on this topic will be scheduled for September 6, 2018, as part of the upcoming IBU Congress (September 5-9, 2018). In this process, the IBU would appreciate any advice from the IOC when implementing the quota cuts, especially regarding finding the right balance between universal participation and performance-based distribution of national quota spots at the Winter Olympics.