The world's best biathletes will gather again in Pokljuka after two years to compete in the individual sprint and pursuit competitions, as well as the mixed pairs and mixed relay races. These are diverse biathlon disciplines, so the battle for the top places will be open right up to the last shots on the shooting range and the last few metres in the finishing straight.
138 female and 144 male biathletes will compete, 282 athletes from 31 countries in total.
Among the Slovenian competitors, Jakov Fak and Anamarija Lampič stand out as the leaders in the men's and women's competitions respectively.
This will be the fourth World Cup venue in the 2022/23 biathlon season. In addition to the biathletes, the workload of the venue is also influenced by the support teams, which include 310 people to support the athletes.
The Pokljuka 2023 Organising Committee, headed by Jelko Kacin and Andrej Šter as President and Vice-President, expects the stands at Rudno Polje to be packed with Slovenian and foreign fans. The organisers are therefore encouraging visitors to use the free public transport provided, which will be organised from both Bled and Bohinj, to get to the race, as parking spaces are limited in Pokljuka. Participants are thus contributing to the preservation and protection of the natural environment in the Triglav National Park, as this World Cup venue is unique because of its location in such a protected environment, and sustainable use of space in the heart of the Pokljuka forests is therefore extremely important.
SPIRIT Slovenia is the main partner of the Organising Committee for the BMW IBU World Cup races at Rudno Polje, as the event is a great opportunity to promote the national communication campaign "I feel Slovenia. Green. Creative. Smart.", to promote Slovenia's green, creative and smart economy, which is characterised by advanced technological solutions, high product quality, cutting-edge innovations and ecological and socially responsible behaviour.
Slovenia is also a country of world-class athletes and an attractive tourist destination, which is why the biathlon World Cup races in Pokljuka are the perfect example of Slovenia's success in these two areas.
Date: 5. January 2023
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