One year before the Olympic season Russia becomes a major arena for major international biathlon events. According to the IBU Russia will host 8 events next year.
The IBU cup will take place on January 8–12 in Ostrov, Pskov region. Two world cups will follow – pre-Olympic week in Sochi (March 4–10) and traditional world cup in Khanty-Mansiysk (March 10–17). The series of the competitions, which have already became a tradition, will take place in April — Champions Race in Moscow (April 6), Cup for the Tyumen gouvernor's prize (March 28 – April 1), Prize in honour of Vitaly Fatianov in Kamchatka (preliminary dates – April 10–15). The IBU has also confirmed that the IBU Executive Board’s meeting will take place in June 2013 in Sochi. The IBU committees meetings will take place the same summer. This amount of biathlon events is a historical record for Russian biathlon.
“Of course, the key event of the next season will be the world cup in Sochi. This is a pre-Olympic week, and entire attention of the biathlon world will be focused on Sochi,” commented first vice-president of the IBU, CEO of the RBU Sergey Kushchenko. “It is also important that the International Biathlon Union has confirmed the April tournaments in Russia – Champions Race, Cup for the Tyumen gouvernor's prize, and Kamchatka. The January IBU cup in Ostrov is also important – this is a serious claim for another biathlon international winter start in Russia.”