IBU President Dahlin joined by IOC President Bach at BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon in Oberhof
IBU President Olle Dahlin today welcomed IOC President Thomas Bach to Oberhof for the first IBU Biathlon World Cup stage of 2019 as the IOC President reiterated his support for the reforms and progress made under the new IBU leadership.
During the visit, President Bach and President Dahlin watched the thrilling Men 10 km Sprint competition which saw Alexander Loginov (Russia) claim victory in front of 12,300 spectators. Following the race, the two Presidents met with IBU Athletes’ Committee Chair Clare Egan (USA) and IBU Athletes’ Committee members Martin Fourcade (FRA) and Erik Lesser (GER), as well as the current leader in the BMW IBU World Cup Overall Standings, Johannes Thingnes Boe.
In the finish area: @7ohannesbo in conversation with IBU President Olle Dahlin and IOC President Thomas Bach. @iocmedia #OBE19— IBU World Cup (@IBU_WC) January 11, 2019
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IOC President Bach said:
”It is always exciting for me to experience the unique biathlon atmosphere here in Oberhof. The crowd is unbelievable. At the same time, I was very happy to meet with the new IBU President Olle Dahlin again. I am impressed by the great progress IBU has made with regards to their anti-doping programme and good governance under his leadership. I am sure that these measures will foster the appeal of this great sport of biathlon.”
IBU President Dahlin said:
“It is an honour to welcome IOC President Bach to Oberhof for the first World Cup of 2019. This is going to be a very important year for biathlon on and off the snow and so it is fantastic to begin 2019 with the IOC President in attendance. We are only four stages into this season’s World Cup and we have already seen thrilling races, great fan interest and excellent TV ratings.
“Off the snow, we are committed to continuing the process of reform that we began in September 2018. We are dedicated to ensuring that our athletes, our National Federations, our fans and all stakeholders can have complete trust in the IBU and that is what I, and our Executive Board, have been working on intensely since I became President. We have made good progress and already implemented a number of important reforms that will safeguard our sport. We are proud to have the support of President Bach and the IOC, but we recognise we have a lot more work to do. This year will see the IBU not only further strengthen its governance and anti-doping programme but also produce a first-of-its-kind Strategic Plan that will guide our future. With the input of all our stakeholders, from our athletes and National Federations to sponsors, media and broadcasters, we will develop a plan that will help us realise the huge potential of our sport.”