2nd September 2019

IBU Executive Board finalises new Constitution and Strategic Plan

The IBU Executive Board (EB) approved the final versions of the Strategic Plan and new IBU Constitution which will be presented to the National Federations for approval at the IBU Extraordinary Congress on 18-20 October in Munich. The Strategic Plan, entitled Target 26, is the first of its kind for the IBU and reflects the federation’s commitment to building on the sport’s strong potential and maximising its huge global potential.

The new IBU Constitution, which includes a new Integrity Code, will be at the heart of the sport’s strong foundation and has been developed in line with international best practice. Both the Strategic Plan and Constitution, were developed in collaboration with all IBU stakeholders, with draft versions sent to the National Federations for feedback last month, which has subsequently been incorporated into these final versions. IBU President Olle Dahlin said:

“On behalf of the Executive Board I would like to thank the National Federations, athletes and all IBU stakeholders for their invaluable contributions to these important documents. These documents and plans are critical to our future and so it has been vital to have the whole IBU family involved and engaged throughout this process.

“We want to be the very best in everything we do and to do that we need to have a cutting-edge Constitution and an innovative and forward-thinking Strategic Plan which guides our future. These documents will now be sent to our National Federations and we look forward to presenting them in person for their approval during the Congress. We are proud of the progress we have made together and the Congress will be the beginning of a truly new and exciting era for biathlon.”  

The EB also approved the Rules of Congress, Executive Board Rules, Vetting Rules and Event and Competition Rules which will be presented for approval by the Congress. The Executive Board further received a status update concerning the fulfilment of the twelve criteria necessary for the Russian Biathlon Union’s (RBU’s) reinstatement to full membership.

The IBU representatives of the IBU/RBU Criteria Follow-Up Working Group reported on three meetings with the RBU to examine the fulfilment of the criteria. They highlighted the very good exchange and positive working atmosphere with the RBU and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. It was further reported that the evaluation and implementation of the twelve criteria is not yet finished. Since this process is still ongoing, the Executive Board decided that it is too early to make a final decision on the re-instatement of the RBU in time for the Extraordinary Congress.

During the meeting, the EB also received the seventh interim report from the External Review Commission. The next EB meeting will take place in Munich on 18 October ahead of the Congress.

• This media release was published by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) on 2 September 2019. Click here for the original.

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