BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon Otepää will ensure a memorable experience for the whole family
Estonia will host the BMW IBU Biathlon World Cup stage from 10 to 13 March 2022 in Otepää at Tehvandi Sports Center. First time ever in the Baltics, the BMW IBU World Cup stage will see nearly 230 biathletes at the start line. And much to the delight of athletes and fans, spectators are also welcome to the event.
Nearly 6,000 spectators from Estonia and abroad are expected to take part in Otepää every day during the event. During the season, many athletes have missed their fans by the track, and in Otepää they will have a chance to see them again. Supportive spectators, a challenging shooting range and exciting tracks are what will make the Otepää Biathlon stage a truly one of the kind experience.
Top skiers, with several successful races in the World Cup series this season, are familiar with the Otepää tracks already from the 2018 World Championships for Youth and Junior Biathlon. Swedish biathlete Elvira Öberg got her first gold medals in sprint, individual race and relay race in Otepää. For the Norwegian biathlete Sturla Holm Lägreid, it was the first time to participate in an international title race. “I won a silver medal both in the individual race and in the relay. I have only good memories of Otepää, it is a very nice place and I hope to compete there again,” Lägreid said.
In addition to the world-class competition, spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy a varied entertainment program and leisure activities. “Ticket sales have proven that the interest in the event is very high. There are concerts and an entertainment program planned in the spectators’ tent,” said Aivar Nigol, Chairman of the Otepää BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon Organizing Committee. In the spectators’ area there will be stands with local food and products, and various activities will be organised for younger and older crowds. “We welcome guests from all over Europe and you should come with the whole family, children will have their own area to spend time and have fun,” Nigol added. For children up to the age of 11 (incl.), the entrance is free of charge.
The competition center in Otepää can be reached by transfer bus from nearby Tartu every day. Those arriving by car can park in special parking lots near the city of Otepää. The competition can be enjoyed both on the grandstand and by the track. Spectators must provide a COVID-19 certificate of vaccination or recovery.
The World Cup Biathlon stage will be held in Otepää on 10–13 March, 2022. This is the first time the BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon stage is held in the Baltics. The four-day competition includes sprint, mass start, mixed relay and single mixed relay.
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