Östersund in Sweden has been announced as the venue for the 2020 World Para Biathlon Championships.
The Championships will be staged between March 11 and 15, marking the first time Para biathlon and cross-country skiing have not been part of the same Championships since 1990.
This is part of a move to make the competitions more similar to the able-bodied sporting calendar, where the disciplines have their own calendars, as well as to create more opportunities and exposure for Para biathletes.
“The 2020 World Para Biathlon Championships represents an important milestone in the development of the sport. Ostersund is the ideal host for the competition as it has a long history of hosting major Nordic skiing events.”
The 2020 Championships marks an important step in the development of Para biathlon and creates more competition opportunities for the athletes.
The new competition also follows a structure more similar to the able-bodied winter sports where cross-country and biathlon count with different competition calendars.
“The Ostersund 2020 World Para Biathlon Championships represents an important milestone in the development of the sport. It is the result of an intense work from World Para Nordic Skiing, together with our Sport Technical Committee, athletes and membership,” Dimitrije Lazarovski, Head of World Para Snow Sports, said.