After the Russian Biathlon Union voluntarily forfeited hosting rights to two International Biathlon Union (IBU) events last month, the IBU recently announced that Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia, has been selected as the new host for its 2017 Youth/Junior World Championships.
Osrblie, which has hosted the IBU Cup as recently as last season, will host the championships from Feb. 22-28, 2017, replacing Ostrov, Russia.
According to Biathlon Canada’s Sarah Beaudry, who experienced in Brezno-Osrblie for IBU Cup racing, she wasn’t sure which other venues bid for the relocated Youth/Junior Worlds, but logistically, she felt it made sense. (Note: Beaudry, 22, has aged out of Junior Worlds.)
“…With a lot of Junior teams including both Canada and the USA already being in Nova Mesto for Junior Euro Champs it makes sense to keep it in Central Europe,” she wrote in an email. “The course definitely has some challenging climbs and fun downhills and the venue is on par with a lot of the other locations that I went to for World Juniors. The IBU needed to find somewhere to host a pretty major event that most venues plan for multiple years and I think it’s pretty great that Brezno-Osrblie is willing to do it on such short notice.”
As for a new venue for the IBU World Cup 8, originally slated for Tyumen, Russia, that decision will be “announced soon,” an IBU press release stated.