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12.03.2020

Kontiolahti to host several biathlon events in a row


THREE WORLD CUP EVENTS AHEAD 

The World Cup circus will bring the brightest stars of biathlon to Kontiolahti three times in 2020–2021. In November 2020, Kontiolahti will host the reformed World Cup opener. 

“In March, we will have the second-to-last tournament in the World Cup season. The November event marks the start of the next season,” explains Event Manager Tomi-Pekka Riihivuori. 

Moreover, in November 2021, Kontiolahti will host a third World Cup event. “This is the first time we have had this many World Cup events scheduled,” says Riihivuori. 

NEW CUP OPENER FORMAT INTRODUCED IN NOVEMBER 

The cup opener in Kontiolahti at the end of November will follow a new format. 

As of November 2020, the former ten-day event will take place in two different locations instead of one: in Kontiolahti in Finland and Östersund in Sweden. 

“The compact timing of the schedule for the competitions in Kontiolahti and Östersund will mark a bold start to the season. The new format allows all parties to perform at their best in hosting the event.” 

Riihivuori predicts intense media attention. “In any sport, the World Cup opener is a big deal. We expect nothing less in Kontiolahti.” 

GUARANTEED SNOW A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE 

The World Cup tour covers nine events and one championship event during the season. November is a challenging time to open the season as many locations are unable to guarantee snow. 

Kontiolahti’s guaranteed snow serves the World Cup well. 

“The competition among countries to host World Cup events is fierce. The decision to move the opener to Finland and to Kontiolahti was a vote of confidence in our ability to guarantee the key to a successful event – snow conditions,” says Riihivuori.