IBU Executive Board confirms dates for 2019 Extraordinary Congress

IBU Executive Board confirms dates for 2019 Extraordinary Congress

11 March 2019; Östersund, Sweden: The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has confirmed that it will hold an Extraordinary Congress from 18-20 October 2019, marking another positive step towards major governance reform. The dates were confirmed at today’s IBU Executive Board meeting at the Biathlon World Championships in Östersund, Sweden. A number of other key matters were also discussed in the Executive Board meeting, including governance reforms and the future structure of the organisation.

Speaking after the Executive Board meeting, IBU President Olle Dahlin said:

“The confirmation of the Extraordinary Congress is another important milestone in our bid to take biathlon into a new era. The progress made in recent months is encouraging and it is important that we remain fully committed to implementing the necessary reforms that will enable all stakeholders in biathlon to trust that we are moving in the right direction as an organisation.”

The Executive Board received updates on the major projects that will be discussed and reviewed at the Congress in October, including the initial feedback from the IBU’s Focus Group meetings in January-March 2019. The Focus Groups were organised to ensure the new IBU Strategic Plan represents the views and interests of the entire biathlon family. The Focus Groups were the second stage of the process and follow the online survey that all stakeholders were invited to complete in December 2018.

The IBU will now consolidate all the input gathered at the Focus Groups and the discussions at the Executive Board meeting today and incorporate it into the Strategic Plan, which will be presented to an IBU Extraordinary Congress in October. The development of the Strategic Plan will now move onto the next phase, where there will be a transition from situational analysis to the actual strategy development from April-July 2019.

The Executive Board also received a third written interim report by the External Review Commission (ERC), which was set up to investigate the historic allegations made against the IBU. The report can be downloaded here: https://www.biathlonworld.com/medical-antidoping/forms/. This report sets out the progress the ERC has made since 31 January 2019, which was when the Executive Board last met. 

The Executive Board received further status update reports by the IBU Independent Working Group on anti-doping, as well as on the criteria follow-up concerning the Russian Biathlon Union’s (RBU) reinstatement. It was agreed that interim IBU Anti-Doping Manager Sarah Fussek-Hakkarainen will join IBU Executive Board member Franz Steinle on the IBU/RBU Working Group, which is set to meet at the end of April in Russia.

The Executive Board also dedicated time to discuss the future internal setup and staffing of the IBU administration, as well as the organisation’s future committee structure.

The next Executive Board meeting will be held in Munich, Germany on 25-28 April 2019.