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IBU Continues Restructuring: Kristjan Oja Appointed IBU Cup Race Director

(Press release)

SALZBURG, Austria (June 5, 2018): Proceeding with its planned reorganization the International Biathlon Union (IBU) appointed Mr Kristjan Oja of Estonia as IBU Cup Race Director.

In his new position Mr Oja will not only be responsible for the organization of the IBU’s second tier circuit, but also will oversee the IBU Open European Championships and the IBU Summer Biathlon World Championships. He will further handle administrative tasks within the Sports Department.

Mr Oja joins IBU from the Estonian Biathlon Federation where he worked as Secretary-General since 2001. The former biathlete and Olympian has served as an elected member of the IBU Technical Committee for the past six years and worked as an International Referee since 2002. He is also a member of the IBU Technical Delegates group.

Mr Oja will report to IBU Sports Director Felix Bitterling, who commented, “Kristjan is a highly experienced biathlon referee and technical delegate with assignments to events like the Olympic Winter Games and several IBU World Championships. His vast experience as an official and administrator combined with his fluency in four languages guarantees that the teams participating in the IBU Cup series will find ideal conditions for their competitions.”

Regarding his appointment Mr Oja said, “I have spent my whole professional career in biathlon and am much looking forward to joining IBU in summer. It is an honor to be responsible for the IBU Cup which is so important for the development of the athletes and bringing host venues to an international elite level.”

Mr Oja joins the IBU full time on August 15 and will be based at the federation’s headquarters in Salzburg, Austria. In light of his appointment as IBU Cup Race Director Mr Oja resigned from the IBU Technical Committee with immediate effect to avoid any conflict of interest.