Östersund back with the World Cup premiere 2019/2020
1-8 December next year more biathlon awaits in Östersund. Besides the upcoming World Championships, only 276 days away, the IBU executive board yesterday, Sunday evening, decided the venues for the 2019/20 season and back as host of the premiere we find Östersund.
After a turbulent spring in the IBU, the Executive Board could finally focus on some practical sport decisions yesterday. Among them the competition season of 2019/20 where Östersund is back with the premiere. In the Olympic period up to 2022 two more seasons is to be decided 2020/21 and 2021/22. After the IBU Congress in September they will decide who get to host the World Championships those seasons and the Executive board will then decide the other venues for the seasons.
– We must have respect for IBU wanting to have dynamic competition programs for the athletes so the World Cup program don’t get in the way of a logistic move from another part of the world. It feels natural that the World Championships are decided on first and the the surrounding World Cup program. I’m however not worried that Östersund won’t be in the discussions for the other two seasons 2020/21 and 2021/2022. Since we host the upcoming World Championships we “lend our premiere” to our Slovenian friends. The season after it’s back to normal with Östersund first out in the World Cup, which I think shows that we do a professional and good job, says Patrik Jemteborn president in the OC.
The complete World Cup program 2019/2020:
|1||01 -08 December 2019||Östersund (SWE)|
|2||12 -15 December 2019||Hochfilzen (AUT)|
|3||16 -22 December 2019||Annecy/Le Grand Bornand (FRA)|
|4||06 -12 January 2020||Oberhof (GER)|
|5||13 – 19 January 2020||Ruhpolding (GER)|
|6||20 – 26 January 2020||Pokljuka (SLO)|
|VM||12 – 23 February 2020||Antholz (ITA)|
|7||02 – 08 March 2020||Nove Mesto nM (CZE)|
|8||09 -15 March 2020||Kontiolahti (FIN)|
|9||16 – 22 March 2020||Oslo (NOR)|
Besides the World Cup season the IBU-Cup for 2019/20 was also set and the IBU-Cup will start in Sjusjoen, Norway.
See IBUs pressrealese about the upcoming seasons here