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Table of content
 
  International Federations and Meetings
 Mixed Relay Added to Olympic program
 SportAccord International Convention
 WADA Anti-Doping Symposium
 Vincent Defrasne: Biathlon Role Model at Youth Olympic Games (YOG)
  Inside IBU
 Athlete’s Committee Election
 Information Committee Meeting
 Development Committee Meeting
 President Besseberg Visits IBU-Authorized Biathlon Show Competitions
  From the IBU Member Federations
 New Zealand
 Russia
 Switzerland
 Slovakia
 Sweden
 Turkey
  Preview
 Meetings
 Events
International Federations and Meetings
Mixed Relay Added to Olympic program

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed the inclusion of the Biathlon Mixed Relay in the program for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi along with five other events.

The decision to include the new events was based on a report presented by the Olympic Program Commission (OPC) to the Executive Board (EB) in Acapulco in October last year. The key positive factors included whether the changes would increase universality, gender equity and youth appeal, and in general add value to the Games. Other considerations included the cost of infrastructure, and the impact on the overall quota and the number of events.

For more details please read:

SportAccord International Convention

IBU President Anders Besseberg and Secretary General Nicole Resch attended this year’s SportAccord International Convention in London that took place from April 3 - 8. The convention was attended by over 1500 leading representatives from international sports organizations. It was themed “Why Sport Matters,” and offered presentations and discussions about the interest of athletes, politics, sponsors and the general public in sports. The Convention also was an opportunity for London, as the next host of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to showcase its plans, as well as the Candidate Cities for the Winter Olympic Games 2018 to present them.

WADA Anti-Doping Symposium

Martin Kuchenmeister attended the annual WADA Anti Doping Symposium in Lausanne on March 2. The theme of the meeting was “New Perspective and Developing Approaches in the Fight against Doping in Sport,” offering an opportunity for the national anti-doping agencies and the international sports federations to exchange experiences and intensify their relations. Several agencies and federations presented blood test programs or athlete biological passports and INTERPOL explained the pursuit of international criminal structures in doping.

Another focal point in the fight against doping is education and different educational programs were presented. WADA explained their e-learning tools for coaches and athletes which can be found on their Website:

Vincent Defrasne: Biathlon Role Model at Youth Olympic Games (YOG)

The IBU has the pleasure to send Mr. Vincent Defrasne to the 2012 YOGs in Innsbruck as an Athlete Role Model (ARM). Not only is his personal performance in biathlon highly honored, he also contributed highly on an international level to develop biathlon. In the IBU´s point of view Mr. Defrasne represents many talents besides athletic performance that are necessary to be qualified as an athlete role model, such as his language and communication skills and his transition process after his sporting career.

The vision for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) integrates sport, culture and education. Every international federation is asked to appoint one ARM per Olympic discipline. The Youth Olympic Games will take place in Innsbruck, Austria on January 13-22, 2012.

Inside IBU
Athlete’s Committee Election

Three new athletes and one from the previous committee were elected to the IBU Athlete Committee, an advisory body to the IBU Executive Board that represents athlete interests. Ole Einar Bjørndalen of Norway returns to the committee for another term. The new athletes added are Daria Domracheva of Belarus, Christoph Sumann of Austria and Olga Zaitseva of Russia. The committee was elected by a vote of the 236 athletes from 38 participating nations at the IBU World Championships Biathlon in Khanty Mansiysk.

Secretary General Resch in congratulating the athletes, commented, “We look forward to our meetings in the coming seasons and to fruitful discussions for the further development of our sport.”

Information Committee Meeting

The IBU Information committee met for the first time after the IBU Congress last September in Ainring, Germany near Salzburg. In addition to the First Vice President for information Ivor Lehotan and the new committee members as well as the IBU Information dept. staff Secretary General Nicole Resch was also present to discuss ongoing and future information projects. The meeting also gave the new committee members the opportunity to get a deeper understanding of ongoing developments and procedures within the IBU information department.

Development Committee Meeting

The new IBU Development Committee met for the first time in Ainring near Salzburg on April 19 – 21. The meeting of the five committee members was also attended by IBU Secretary General Nicole Resch, IBU Vice President for Development Vaclav Firtik. IBU Vice President for Sport Gottlieb Taschler as well as Kari Korpela, who is responsible for Development on the IBU Technical Committee attended the meeting in order to intensify the cooperation of the two committees in the future. At this meeting, more details of the IBU Development Structure which was drawn up in 2010 already were decided on in order to present it to the IBU Executive Board for approval.

President Besseberg Visits IBU-Authorized Biathlon Show Competitions

IBU President Anders Besseberg visited the two Russian biathlon show competitions held after the E.ON IBU World Cup Biathlon season. He was present at the Champions’ race in Moscow on April 11, the first ever international biathlon competition held in the Russian capital, and at the annual Vitaly Fatyanov commemorative competitions in Kamchatka on April 17-18.

From the IBU Member Federations
New Zealand

John Burridge was elected Chairman (equals President) with Miles Davidson as Secretary General of Biathlon New Zealand. They succeed Sir Tay Wilson and Luvaine Macdonald.

Russia

The Russian Biathlon Union has restructured its coaching staff as follows:

Head Coach: Valeri Polkhovski

Women A: Wolfgang Pichler, Pavel Rostovtsev

Women B: Andrey Russkih, Sergey Konovalov, Pavel Lantsov

Men A: Andrei Gerboulov, Andrey Padin

Men B: Nikolay Knyazev, Maksim Kugaevskiy

More information at:

Switzerland

The Swiss biathletes have a new assistant coach, Jörn Wollschläger. Former Assistant coach Tobias Torgersen is now responsible coach for the Norwegian women’s B team.

Athletes Matthias Simmen and Thomas Frei retired at the end of the last season.

More information at:

http://www.biathlonworld.com/en/press_releases.html/do/detail?presse=1302

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Slovakia

Peter Neuschl is the new Secretary General for the Slovakian Biathlon Association, following Martin Vrabel.

Sweden

Johan Hagström, current coach of the Swedish IBU Cup team, will also serve as interim coach for the Swedish women’s world cup biathletes. The Swedish federation hopes to have a permanent coaching staff in place by late June.

Turkey

The new Secretary General of the Turkish Ski Federation is Ahmet Muhtar Kurt.

Preview
Meetings

May 4 - 8                          Technical Committee Meeting                  Munich

May 6 - 8                          Medical Committee Meeting                     Munich

May 18 - 20                      10th IBU Supplying Partners Meeting         Ulm

May 20 – 22                      Executive Board Meeting                          Salzburg

May 20                             IOC Winter IF Communications Meeting     Lausanne

Events

May 25-June 1                  SB Asian Championships                          Tashkent, UZB

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