Slovakia replaces Russia as host of IBU Junior Worlds

The International Biathlon Union has announced that Osrblie in Slovakia will stage its 2017 Youth and Junior World Championships after the Russian city of Ostrov last month withdrew its hosting rights for the event.

The event will now run from February 22-28 in Osrblie, which hosted the Biathlon World Championships in 1997.

Ostrov had been due to stage the competition from February 22 to March 2 but the Russian Biathlon Union last month informed the IBU that the event, along with a World Cup 8 event scheduled for Tyumen, would be given back to the sport’s global governing body.

The decision to reallocate the two events was made in the wake of the publication of the second part of the McLaren Report into doping amongst Russian athletes. The IBU stated that a new venue for the World Cup 8 event would be announced soon.

IBU president Anders Besseberg said at the time that the decision to reallocate the events represented the “first important step by the Russian Biathlon Union to show to the IBU and to the world of sport that the current situation is taken very seriously.”

Tyumen is also scheduled to stage the IBU World Championship in 2021. A decision on whether or not the event will remain in the city has not yet been made.