IBU Open European Championships to kick off in Belarus on 26 February
MINSK, 26 February (BelTA) – The IBU Open European Championships will kick off in the Raubichi Olympic Center near Minsk on 26 February, BelTA has learned.
The solemn opening ceremony is scheduled for 11:00. The championships will begin at 13:00 with the Men Super Sprint Qualification. Belarus will be represented by Viktar Kryuko, Raman Yaliotnau, Anton Smolski, Mikita Labastau, Sergei Bocharnikov, and Maksim Varabei. The women's event will feature Belarusian biathletes Iryna Kryuko, Hanna Sola, Dzinara Alimbekava, Elena Kruchinkina, Irina Kruchinkina, Adelina Sabitava.
All in all, taking part in the event will be 40 teams, 157 men and 140 women.
On 27 February biathletes will compete in the Single Mixed Relay (W+M) and 4x6 Mixed Relay. The competition will wrap up with the Men's and Women's Pursuit Competitions on 1 March.
The 2020 IBU Open European Biathlon Championships was relocated from Estonia's Otepaa to Raubichi due to the warm weather in Estonia. The Belarusian Sports and Tourism Ministry and representatives of the Raubichi sports center expressed their readiness to host the competitions.