Biathlon: because of the severe cold in Canada has reduced the distance races, cut and time penalty

Биатлон: из-за сильных морозов в Канаде сократили дистанцию гонок, сокращено и время штрафа

International biathlon Union has adopted several changes regarding race in the seventh stage of the world Cup in Canmore (Canada). Reason for the change was the weather conditions, particularly frost.

The length of the distance male “independents” will be 15 km instead of 20, women – 12.5 km instead of 15, according to NRK.

Also planned changes in the racing schedule stage. In particular, the relay moved to 8 Feb.

At the same time, the international biathlon Union (IBU) has cancelled the conduct of the mass starts. Instead, they will be held sprint race. The expected start time of the men’s sprint – 20.00 (9 February), women’s – 23.00 (February 10).

“This is a preliminary alignment, which may further vary depending on the temperature in the coming days,” commented the flight Director IBU Borut Nunar.

IBU has also reduced the penalty time for individual races. Instead of the standard one minute for a penalty, the athlete will be added 45 seconds.

Under forecasts of weather forecasters, the temperature in Canmore this coming weekend down to minus 30 degrees. According to the IBU rules, it is impossible to start at temperatures below 20 degrees below zero.

Note that the world Cup starts in Canmore on Thursday, 7 February, men’s and women’s individual race.

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