09. 02. 2017
The International Biathlon Union has offered the Russian Federation to give up voluntarily the World Cup, which is scheduled for 2021. This recommendation was voiced at the Extraordinary Congress of the Union. It was expected that the competition will be held in Tyumen.
The Russian side has to give an answer no later than February 24th. Despite the fact that the Russian Federation has a time for thoughts, the authorities don’t have a choice. If Russia will not give up the right to host the championship voluntarily, it is taken by force. Therefore, the proposal was an ultimatum.
The representatives of the Russian Federation Ministry of Sports said that they might discuss this issue with the heads of the Tyumen region and the employees of the Russian Biathlon Union.
This proposal was the result of a series of doping scandals where Russian athletes were involved. More information can be found here.