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IBU World Championship 2011 has started!

March, 1st in Khanty Mansiysk took place the official opening ceremony of the IBU World Championship 2011. Laser show mixed with national theater perfomance has been made directly in the biathlon venue of Khanty named after A. Filipenko. followed the 1st day of the WC live.

The venue is ready for the beginning. The last preparations has been made and the special IBU commission decided that the stadium meets all the requirements and will serve athletes in the best possible way.

The central street of Khanty Mansiysk has been designed with national flags of the WC participants and the biathlon patterns.

Shortly before the opening ceremony the first WC press conference took place at the venue with deputy minister of sports of Russia Vitaliy Nagornykh, IBU first vice president, RBU CEO Sergey Kuschchenko, head of sport department of HMAO, IBU technical committee member Viktor Maigurov and head of WC OC Viacheslav Zhuravlev in charge.

The official opening ceremony with more than 400 artists participated was broadcasted live by the Russian national TV ;«Rossiya 2». It included laser show, local theatre show, welcome speeches and remarkable fireworks.

RBU Media Office