During the regular meeting in Leogang, Austria, the Executive Board of the IBU confirmed the dates of the Summer Biathlon World Championships 2014 in Tyumen. The championships will take place on August 18–24, 2014 at the complex “Zhemchuzhina Sibiri”. The IBU have also confirmed the competition program proposed by the Russian Biathlon Union and organizing committee. Mixed relays, sprints and pursuit races were included to the program. The IBU also accepted the proposal of Russian side to increase prize money at the summer world championships 2014 to the level of prise money at the World cup.
“The IBU Executive Board supported this proposal, as it raises the status and equals the summer championships with winter competitions,” explained the first vice-president of the IBU Sergey Kushchenko. “In the next Olympic cycle, the IBU is ready to change strategy of summer biathlon development. International summer tournaments will get much more attention. Increase of prize money at the summer world championships is one of effective steps that the IBU plans to make in this direction. The dates of the summer championships were carefully revised. Start of the championships were moved to a second half of August for convenience of athletes. Organizing committee of Tyumen 2014 is doing a lot in the framework of a new IBU strategy. As my colleagues in Executive Board noticed, Tyumen is ready to even host the Olympics!”
Tyumen already has the experience of hosting international competitions – in 2012 and 2013 foreign athletes competed in Zhemchuzhina Sibiri. The upcoming summer world championships will become a major biathlon event in a history of Tyumen biathlon.
In 2011, Zhemchuzhina Sibiri got the IBU A-license, and 12 months later Tyumen got the right to host summer biathlon world championships 2014.
Summer Biathlon World Championships 2014. Tyumen (Russia)
August 21 – mixed relay (men/women, junior men/junior women)
August 22 – sprint (junior men/junior women)
August 23 – sprint (men/women)
August 24 – pursuit race (men/women, junior men/junior women)