At the opening ceremony Natalia Komarova noted that the Ugra people are in love with biathlon. “And I think there’s a reason”, she said. “There is symbolic connection of the biathlon and traditional occupation of the indigenous peoples of the North – hunting. A place of a sportsman on the podium depends on the accuracy of his shot. And a hunter’s life depends on accuracy of his shot. In both cases, the determining factors are skill, endurance, perseverance”.
Ugra people aren’t novices in holding global competitions in biathlon. Khanty-Mansiysk hosted world Championships, 10 stages of the Biathlon World Cup. “We are experienced fans”, continued the head of the region, we hope that the race of the new format – the supersprint, which debut will take place in Ugra, will take root in the world biathlon. Ugra tried to provide you with even the best weather – now everything depends on you”.
It should be noted, that in the competition will participate 115 athletes from 19 countries – Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Russia.
Tomorrow the fans will see the official debut of the new discipline of the world biathlon — supersprint. Until then, this race was presented only at the national championships. The discipline itself is not a new word in the biathlon, its premiere in Russia took place in 2007 at the national championship in Novosibirsk.
At the Alexander Filipenko Winter Sport Center will work volunteers from the Ugra State University.
Regional broadcasting company “Ugra” will beam the race in HD format with 17 cameras. Live broadcasts and races in the record will also be broadcasted on the TV channel “MATCH! Our sport».
Admission to all races is free, except for the North stand. The cost of a ticket to the Northern tribune -100 rubles.