Summer Biathlon World Championships 2020 in Ruhpolding

Summer Biathlon World Championships 2020 in Ruhpolding

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has reallocated the Summer Biathlon World Championships 2020 to Ruhpolding, Germany. The Championships on roller skies are scheduled for 19-23 August 2020.

IBU Executive Board Member and German Ski Federation President Dr Franz Steinle:

“We are delighted to have the Summer Biathlon World Championships 2020 in Ruhpolding. Our coaches have already indicated that all German top athletes will participate in this extraordinary World Championships on home ground. Biathlon fans can already look forward to intensive and thrilling competition days in the summerly atmosphere of the Chiemgau Arena in Ruhpolding.” 

The IBU Executive Board took the decision to reallocate the event to avoid that the same venue is hosting three main IBU events in one year. Kontiolahti is already hosting two BMW IBU World Cup biathlon events during the calendar year 2020 – the penultimate World Cup of the season 2019/2020 in March and the new biathlon season opener 2020/2021 in November, which it has been awarded recently.

IBU President Olle Dahlin:

“The decision to reallocate the Summer Biathlon World Championships benefits all involved parties. The organisers in Kontiolahti can focus fully on the World Cup events, especially on the premiere of the new season opening format, which brings quite some new tasks to the host venue. We would like to thank the German National Federation and the organisers in Ruhpolding who have agreed to take over the Championships and will certainly deliver another biathlon festival.”

Finnish Biathlon Federation President Kalle Lähdesmäki:

“The new season opening was awarded to Kontiolahti by the IBU Executive Board only in June 2019. Realistically, establishing this innovative new season opening of the World Cup by November 2020 will need a lot of effort. Thus, the organising committee in Kontiolahti, the Finnish Biathlon Federation and IBU agreed together that a reallocation of the Summer Biathlon World Championships is necessary. We appreciate the good cooperation in finding the best possible solution for our sport."

The exact competition schedule for the event will be announced in due course. The Summer Biathlon World Championships 2021 will take place in Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE) from 26-29 August 2021.