IBU Press Release: BMW IBU World Cup 9 to stay in Tyumen, Russia
The International Biathlon Union held its 134th Executive Board Meeting yesterday to discuss operational activities over first half of the 2017/2018 season as well as to analyse all legally backed information available to make a final decision regarding IBU sanctioned events in Russia.
In the wake of still ongoing investigations and after taking into consideration all aspects regarding IBU sanctioned events in Russia, the Executive Board of the International Biathlon Union decided that BMW IBU World Cup 9 Tyumen (20 March 2018 - 25 March 2018) as well as IBU Cup 7 Uvat (9 March 2018 - 11 March 2018) and IBU Cup 8 Khanty - Mansiysk (13 March 2018 - 17 March 2018) will stay in Russia as originally planned.
Reasons for the decision:
Firstly, the IOC had no concerns that all the competitions awarded to Russia before RUSADA was officially declared non-compliant were to be organised and conducted according to the initial plans and schedules. The IBU decided on the schedule for the 2017/2018 season prior to RUSADAs non-compliance.
Secondly, all members of the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) agreed at a conference call on 9 December 2017 that all competitions in Russia will be conducted as planned for the ongoing season 2017/2018, unless new important and legally backed evidence is brought up.
The IBU`s activities since the publication of the 2nd McLaren Report in December 2016 were the following:
It was agreed during the conference call of the Association of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations in the wake of the 2nd McLaren Report that no competitions shall be organised in Russia in the season 2016/2017 as the situation was very unclear and unpredictable. There were no BMW IBU World Cup events nor IBU JYWCH held in Russia in the season 2016/2017.
Following the publishing of 2nd McLaren Report, the IBU received a strong signal from the IBU Athlete’s Committee asking for stricter sanctions for doping offenders as well as their respective federations. As a consequence of this development, the IBU Executive Board held an Extraordinary Congress during the IBU World Championships in Hochfilzen in February 2017. The Congress voted to strengthen the sanctions and the IBU Executive Board was given the power to put new/additional sanctions into effect for the season 2017/2018, which has been done. At the same Congress, the Congress gave the IBU Executive Board the power to take back the IBU World Championships previously awarded to Tyumen, Russia. The power was executed and Tyumen lost the right to stage the IBU World Championships for the year 2021.
After consulting with the IOC there was no reallocation of the IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships 2017 in Russia.
The IBU Executive Board decided in its meeting 132 on 22 November 2017 in Frankfurt am Main/GER, not to award any BMW IBU World Cup events to Russia for the season 2018/2019
On 10 December 2017 during the BMW IBU World Cup 2 in Hochfilzen/ AUT, the IBU Executive Board held its 133rd meeting and decided to relegate the Russian Biathlon Union to the status of the Provisional Membership (see the IBU Press Release from 10 December 2017).