Next winter, Estonia will host the BMW IBU Biathlon World Cup stage, which will be held from 10 to 13 March 2022 at Tehvandi Sports Center in Otepää. This will be the first IBU World Cup stage in the whole Baltics. Ticket sales are open starting from 4 March 2021.
During the four days of competition, the best biathletes from all over the world will compete in Otepää, many of whom are already familiar with Tehvandi Sports Center from the beginning of their careers. Otepää has previously hosted both Junior and IBU Cup competitions and European Championships. The BMW IBU World Cup Biathlon stage will be held in Otepää on four consecutive days from Thursday, March 10th to Sunday, March 13th. The exact programme and distances will be announced in spring 2021.
In Tehvandi Sports Center, the modernization necessary for major competitions was largely completed last year. By now, a snow production container have also been purchased, with which snow can be produced with plus degrees. "Tehvandi Sports Center meets the conditions of the A-license, which allows to organize all international competitions. However, the environment around us is constantly changing, so the requirements and conditions for the organizers of the competition are changing as well," said Aivar Nigol, President of the Organizing Committee of the Otepää BMW IBU World Cup stage. "The shooting range and some stadium facilities still need investments. The necessary improvements will be determined in May, when the IBU has inspected the competition center," Nigol added.
The World Cup stage can be enjoyed on the track where screens will be installed to provide a better experience, as well as at the ski stadium, shooting range grandstand and VIP grandstand. "The Estonian audience has the opportunity to see and experience world-class biathlon in the best way," said Nigol, "We are expecting foreign guests from neighboring countries and all over Europe. The magnitude could be 6,000 foreign visitors and at least the same amount of people from Estonia. It is worth buying the ticket early, because the first 1000 tickets have a discounted price," he added.
In addition to the world-class competition, the audience has the opportunity to take part in a diverse and exciting leisure and cultural program. "In cooperation with the Tartu Capital of Culture 2024 team, we want to offer guests a special "path of culture"," said Nigol. The organizers are also expecting families and young people to attend the competition, entrance is free for children up to 12 years old. "In the public area there will be activities for children and a visitors' tent, where we offer local products and food," Nigol added.
The first ever Biathlon World Cup stage in the Baltics will take place at the Tehvandi Sports Center in Otepää from 10 to 13 March 2022.