«Russia will return to the level we got used to»
¹ 7-8 (2010)
Last autumn the supreme body of the International Biathlon Union (IBU) the Congress, which took place
First of all, let me congratulate you on election for new term. What rae you going to concentrate on in the next four years?
One of the main tasks will become the inclusion of the mixed relay race in the program of the Sochi Olympic Games. In general, the plan for development of the big biathlon, approved during the Congress
Being IBU president, what personal achievements do you consider to be the most important for biathlon development?
The most significant event in the history of biathlon was the fact of IBU foundation in July, 1993, to my mind. The second main achievement I consider the introduction of system
How do you estimate today sports and administrative qualification of RBU management and how could you characterize Alexander Tikhonov, who left a post of IBU
I am impressed by present management of the Russian Biathlon Union and its orientation. It is not a secret, that RBU is the important part of IBU, and, that the strongest biathlonists of the world perform for Russia at the international sports forums. As for the former
It is known, that you are not particularly enthusiastic about this. Alexander Tikhonov read in his numerous interviews time and again the pessimistic forecast, that IBU «will bury summer biathlon». Whether there is a basis at so categorical statement?
Life answers your question. Despite the fact, that the summer biathlon World championships are spent since 1996 and annually
How do you estimate coming of the
It is difficult for me to judge, which volume of work is carried out by Prokhorov in RBU, but during our meeting I was convinced of its excellent awareness and competence in all, that concerns biathlon. He has created a strong national team, profi are around him, and it is the main thing. I can tell exactly, that the board structure should include experts in all areas both in sports sphere, and in management.
The choice of Finnish
You have surprised me with this news: I haven't heard, that Kamchatka plans to come forward as a candidate for carrying out biathlon World championship. However, according to the objective data the biathlon infrastructure is at high level in this region. Sportsmen, who took part in Vitaly Fatyanov International competitions in 2009 in Kamchatka, admit, that they haven't seen such wide and difficult track yet. The Kamchatka snow is «fast», and meets international standards.
XXII winter Olympic Games will take place in Soch in 2014. What do you think about the fact, that White Games were given to Russia?
It seems to me, that your country can hold the Olympic Games at the highest level. As far as I know, building of the biathlon track goes in Sochi at full swing. I am sure, that it will be made according to the highest standard.
What do you expect from biathlon at the Olympic
I wish, that in Sochi sportsmen set up world records and pleased fans with good results. Now there are a lot of strong teams in world biathlon. I am convinced, that regardless of national teams, Sweden Norway, Germany, France and Slovakia will fight for medals. I expect, that after the home Olympic Games Russia will return to the level we have got used to. I have no doubt, that your team will appear among favourites at the Sochi Games. Your biathlonists will exactly take
Was born on February, 25th, 1946. Graduated from the Oslo Sports University. The biathlon champion of Norway. Since 1976 for 1980 the coach of the Norwegian national team, the Member of technical committee of the International Union of Pentathlon and Biathlon (UIPMB). In
Author: Irina Rodina, Lyudmila Bobrova