Four cities battle for 2019 Biathlon World Championships

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has announced that four cities will compete to host its 2019 World Championships.

Nove Mesto na Morave (Czech Republic), Antholz/Anterselva (Italy), Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) and Östersund (Sweden) have been selected as applicant cities, with the winner set to be determined at the IBU Congress in St.Wolfgang, Austria on September 7.

All four venues have recently held IBU World Championships, most recently Nove Mesto na Morave in 2013. Antholz/Anterselva staged the event in 2007, Khanty-Mansiysk in 2011 and Östersund in 2008.

The World Championships are traditionally not held in winter Olympic years, with the next event due to be staged in Kontiolahti, Finland in 2015 before moving to Oslo, Norway and Hochfilzen, Austria in 2016 and 2017 respectively.