MINSK, 13 February (BelTA) - The Raubichi Olympic Center is ready to host the IBU European Open Biathlon Championships instead of Estonian Otepaa, Director of the Raubichi Olympic Center Aleksandr Gagiev told BelTA.
“We are ready to host the IBU European Open Biathlon Championships but we have not yet given the official answer. The representatives of the International Biathlon Union, who inspected Raubichi the other day, were satisfied with what they saw and are ready to give us the right to hold this event,” Aleksandr Gagiev noted.
If Belarus agrees to host the event, the International Biathlon Union is ready to allocate funds to cover the expenses, Aleksandr Gagiev said. Furthermore the international federations are ready to postpone the IBU World Cup, which is to take place in Raubichi on 5-8 March.
“If we take the responsibility of hosting the European event, the IBU is ready to bring forward the IBU World Cup. It will start on 3 March rather than 5 March, as it was initially planned, and will end two days earlier. Regarding the financial expenses, the IBU is ready to allocate funds to cover our expenses. The most important thing which is required from us is to hold the snow. We have everything what is needed to hold the championships to a high standard,” Alexander Gagiev noted.
The IBU European Open Biathlon Championships 2020 should have started in Estonian Otepaa on 26 February. Due to the lack of snow in Estonia the International Biathlon Union is looking for other venues.