IBU sets clear targets for future with approval of first-ever Strategic Plan

IBU sets clear targets for future with approval of first-ever Strategic Plan

Munich, 20 October 2019: The International Biathlon Union (IBU) Congress today unanimously approved Target 26 – the first-of-its-kind strategic plan that establishes a clear roadmap for the federation to build on biathlon’s strong foundations and maximise its huge global potential.

Target 26 is a truly collaborative plan, developed from speaking to athletes, National Federations and all biathlon stakeholders in order to understand their key challenges and perspectives. The strategic plan focuses on hitting five key targets to ensure biathlon continues to grow and develop, according to changes in society and technology:

IBU sets clear targets for future with approval of first-ever Strategic Plan

The full Target 26 can be found here, including a video presentation of the strategy:

​IBU President Olle Dahlin said:

“Target 26 unites biathlon behind a common direction. It is a strategic plan which has emerged from the most comprehensive stakeholder-engagement process in our federation’s history. Its unanimous approval reflects the biathlon family’s commitment to our athletes and our common desire to work together to build on our excellent foundation and create an even more exciting future.

“The IBU has made history at this Extraordinary Congress and on behalf of the Executive Board, I would like to thank the National Federations, the athletes and all stakeholders for their input and invaluable contribution. Without them it would not have been possible and now, together, we can move forward and get to work on realising our sport’s huge potential.”

Each target in the Strategic Plan has three objectives and numerous KPIs to make sure that clear actions are defined and progress can be measured. Following the approval of the Strategic Plan, the IBU hosted a workshop to get more specific input from the National Federations and define the responsibilities of the different stakeholders in the implementation of the plan. National Federations were asked a series of multiple-choice questions, which they answered electronically. The output of this survey will be used in the development of the action plans.

After the Congress concluded, the Biathlon Integrity Unit (BIU) board, that was approved on the first day of the Congress, met for its inaugural meeting to discuss the process for setting up the Unit. 

In its meetings at the Congress, the Executive Board (EB) decided that EB member Franz Steinle will represent the IBU EB in the BIU Board. The EB further decided that the amount of € 1million will be distributed as additional support to National Federations. Moreover, Iceland and Mexico were instated as Provisional IBU Members.

The EB amended the competition schedule for the season 2020/2021 switching the BMW IBU World Cup events in Beijing and Nove Mesto in order to allow the test event for the Olympic Winter Games to take place at a similar time as the Games one year later. This will help athletes, teams and the Chinese organisers to test the conditions which can be expected during Games-time.

The 14th Regular IBU Congress will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from 04-06 September 2020.

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