The press-conference of the executive director of the Organizing Committee of Biathlon World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk Valery Radchenko was held in the media center of the competitions.
— Because of bad weather conditions the jury of the World Cup took a decision to cancel the races. The President of IBU Anders Besseberg has noted that the Total Score winners were defines ahead-of-schedule so the cancellation will not cause any problems. The safety of spectators is of primary importance.
No athletes were in the area of a light pole that fell; the decision to cancel the races was taken before this fall.
Tickets are already being refunded. There’s a little delay as today is Sunday and banks are not working. But let me ensure you that money for all tickets will be returned in the nearest days. The World Cup was insured, so there won’t be any problem.
There wasn’t such strong wind in our region before. Besides, this is not the first and the last time when World Cup races are being cancelled. This is a force majeure situation we couldn’t expect.