MINSK, 23 August (BelTA) – Belarusian biathlete, four-time Olympic champion Darya Domracheva was awarded the Small Crystal Globe in the Women Pursuit of the 2014/15 IBU season. The award ceremony took place as part of the ongoing 2019 IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships at Raubichi, BelTA has learned.
The Small Crystal Globe was given to the outstanding athlete by First Vice President of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) Jiri Hamza.
On behalf of the president of the National Olympic Committee and the head of state, Belarus' Sport and Tourism Minister Sergei Kovalchuk presented Darya Domracheva with a biathlon rifle for her services to the development of sport and biathlon in Belarus.
“Not long ago Darya Domracheva said goodbye to biathlon and today we are awarding her with the Small Crystal Globe. Many thanks to the prominent athlete who made our fans happy so many times. I hope that she will continue contributing to the development of biathlon in Belarus in another role,” Sergei Kovalchuk said.
Darya Domracheva emphasized how important the fair play in sport is. “I am very happy to hold this Small Crystal Globe won several years ago. This event shows everyone who has anything to do with biathlon that sport must stay clean,” the athlete said.
Darya Domracheva got the Small Crystal Globe in the Women Pursuit of the 2014/15 IBU season following the decision on Russian biathlete Ekaterina Glazyrina. Due to the anti-doping rule violation, Ekaterina Glazyrina was disqualified for two years and all her results from 19 December 2013 to 10 February 2017 were annulled. Following the revision of the points of the 2014/15 season, the Belarusian topped the Women Pursuit table. Darya Domracheva equaled in points with Kaisa Makarainen of Finland, but thanks to a bigger number of Pursuit victories Darya Domracheva topped the classification.
Competing at the 2019 IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships are about 250 athletes (including juniors) from 26 countries. The competitions will run through 25 August. The Raubichi Olympic Center hosted its first IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships in 1999.
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