IBU announces candidates to host 2024 and 2025 World Championships 

This year's IBU World Championships Biathlon in Antholz-Anterselva, Italy. (Photo by Kevin Voigt/DeFodi Images/Getty Images)

The International Biathlon Union has confirmed the line-up of candidate cities bidding to host its Biathlon World Championships in 2024 and 2025.

The Czech town of Nové Město na Moravě has submitted bids for both events, and is the sole candidate for the 2024 edition. The 2025 race will also be contested by Lenzerheide in Switzerland and Raubichi, a winter sports resort outside the Belarusian capital of Minsk.

Nové Město na Moravě previously hosted the Biathlon World Championships in 2013 and will also host the Summer Biathlon World Championships in 2021, while Minsk-Raubichi has staged the event three times, in 1974, 1982, and 1990.

The winning bids will be announced at the IBU’s Ordinary Congress in November, in the Czech capital of Prague.

Meanwhile, the IBU has moved to cancel this year’s Summer Biathlon World Championships, which had been scheduled to take place in the German ski resort of Ruhpolding in August.

Despite Germany’s easing of lockdown conditions following the Covid-19 pandemic, and return to action of sporting events such as the Bundesliga, Ruhpolding decided to withdraw from staging the event and return its hosting rights to the IBU.

The IBU in turn decided that the challenges associated with reallocating and reorganising the Summer Biathlon World Championships at short notice and in the current climate were too great, and has moved to cancel the event for 2020.