On the opening ceremony, which primarily centered on the promotion of Slovenia and of biathlon as a sport, Organising Committee president Jelko Kacin said that Slovenia is prepared for the largest winter sports activities problem in its historical past – the 2021 IBU World Championships Biathlon Pokljuka.
Between now and subsequent Sunday, a complete of 337 rivals from 38 nations will battle for medals, a minimum of one among which is anticipated to stay in Slovenia.
The elevating of the flag of the Worldwide Biathlon Union (IBU), ceremonially carried by Olympic and World Champion rower Iztok Čop, essentially the most profitable Slovenian athlete in latest historical past, signalled the top of the ultimate act earlier than the climax of the 2020/21 biathlon season – the World Championships in Pokljuka, which is able to happen within the Rudno Polje space of the plateau till 21 February.
“Pokljuka is a world-class venue,” remarked IBU president Olle Dahlin. “We’ve already loved a World Championships and a collection of World Cup occasions right here. I’ve little doubt that the organisation of those World Championships will construct on the experiences gained in earlier competitions. It’s important that the occasion may even go away an essential mark on the event of this centre. I’m solely sorry that present situations don’t enable us to have followers current within the stands, since they at all times create a beautiful environment, however we all know that thousands and thousands will likely be watching at dwelling.” Mr Dahlin additionally thanked all of the principal actors concerned in organising this 12 months’s occasion.
The World Championships in Pokljuka runs from 9 to 21 February, with greater than 130 million spectators world wide anticipated to comply with the occasions.