World’s best prepare for iconic 2020 IBU World Championships Biathlon
The IBU World Championships Biathlon will return to one of the world’s most iconic biathlon locations on 12-23 February 2020, as more than 300 elite athletes from 39 nations compete in Antholz-Anterselva to become world champions in 12 medal events.
Around 20,000 spectators are expected to fill the world-famous venue around the Huber Alm on each of the nine day’s of competition, generating a fantastic atmosphere for the world’s best athletes. Millions of viewers will be watching from home with more than 330 hours of live broadcast planned on linear TV plus significantly more available across the IBU’s and broadcasters’ digital platforms. The World Championships will be broadcast around the globe through 25 broadcasters including 18 European Broadcasting Union Members as well as the NBC Olympic Channel and CCTV.
Over 1,500 volunteers have contributed to the preparations for the World Championships, which has seen the iconic venue undergo a number of upgrades to enhance experience for athletes, spectators and media representatives even further. The Antholz biathlon stadium will be used for the biathlon competitions at the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
IBU President Olle Dahlin said:
The IBU World Championships in Antholz-Anterselva is the event many athletes and members of the biathlon family have been most looking forward to. Antholz is a special place for biathlon. There are few better places for biathletes to compete in the world and few places that can generate such amazing atmospheres."
"I have no doubt that this will create an unforgettable World Championships with thrilling competitions.
“Biathlon is going from strength to strength and the tens of thousands of spectators in the venue combined with the huge global audience who will watch these World Championships reflects the growing and global appetite there is for our sport.”
Antholz 2020 are the first IBU World Championships Biathlon run under the new IBU constitution. The Anti-Doping Programme will be overseen by the operationally independent Biathlon Integrity Unit, which was established at the Extraordinary IBU Congress in October 2019.