The Next Stage of the Biathlon World Cup Will Take Place in Pokljuka on 8–11 December
On 8–11 December 2016, the Slovenian Pokljuka will host the next stage of the Biathlon World Cup. Preparation for the competition takes place in the normal mode. However, the organizers are slightly worried due to the warm weather. In the first half of November, about 10,000 m3 of snow were prepared in Rudno polje (a village in Slovenia). However, a week before the start, the running tracks are still green. An unusually warm weather and heavy rains made it impossible to prepare the skiing run.
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The rest of the events are held in accordance with the planned schedule. The installation of mobile infrastructure has begun. This week, the works on improvement of the sports village will be finished. Last Wednesday, the registration of all athletes was completed.
“In total 35 teams have been registered. 300 biathletes and about the same number of accompanying staff will participate in the World Cup stage in Pokljuka. All stars of the world biathlon will visit the event, including the last year’s winners of the World Cup in the overall standings — the Frenchman Martin Fourcade and the Czech Gabriela Koukalová (the winner of the World Cup 2015/16 under her maiden surname Soukalová). On 5 December, two charter flights from Sweden to Bled will deliver the majority of athletes, and the next day the first official workouts will be held in Rudno polje,” the secretary general of the competition’s organizing committee Tomaž Šušteršič said.
The organizers hope that the World Cup in Pokljuka will be held with the filled stands in a tense struggle between the athletes.