IBU prepares to host first virtual Congress

IBU prepares to host first virtual Congress

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) is preparing to host its first ever virtual Congress on 14 November 2020 which will see the federation discuss a number of key topics ahead of the start of the 2020/21 season later this month.

Among the key items on the agenda are the appointment of the hosts for the IBU World Championships Biathlon 2024 and 2025. Nove Mesto na Morave (CZE) is the sole candidate for 2024, whilst Lenzerheide (SUI) and Minsk-Raubichi (BLR) are candidates for 2025. The Biathlon Integrity Unit will report to the Congress for the first time and the External Review Commission is also expected to deliver a report as the IBU continues to work to uphold the highest standards of integrity. The Congress will also decide on motions from the IBU Executive Board and Member Federations, such as amendments to competition rules partly in light of COVID-19 protocols.

The Congress will receive an update on the work of the IBU Executive Board, which will include progress that has been made on the implementation of the Target 26 strategic plan, as well the advancements made in sustainability, development and governance.

IBU President Olle Dahlin said:

“We are looking forward to hosting our first ever virtual IBU Congress. While we would of course have preferred to host the meeting in person, this year has reinforced the need for us to be flexible and agile if we are to provide the best support to our members and our athletes. With the 2020/21 season set to get underway at the end of this month, the Congress is an important opportunity for the IBU family to meet and discuss key matters for the year ahead.”

The full Congress agenda and handbook can be found on the IBU website here.