This makes Anterselva the fourth venue in this year's Biathlon World Cup calendar after Kontiolahti, Hochfilzen and Oberhof. The Anterselva leg is certain to be spectacular, as it will be the last test of strength before the 2021 Biathlon World Championships in Pokljuka, Slovenia.
The Anterselva organisers are already working as hard as they can to prepare the competition. “Although the 2021 World Cup will be an unusual event, we are already very excited about it”, Chair of the Organising Committee Lorenz Leitgeb said. The overriding priority is to implement all Covid-19 measures in order to guarantee the athletes and teams the absolute highest level of safety.
In order to be able to manage the event primarily for a television audience, the organising committee has now decided, in close consultation with the Governor of the province, Arno Kompatscher, and the relevant regional authorities to organise the event without any live spectators. This is purely a precautionary measure, taken in view of the epidemiological situation, not to expose anyone to any crowds and to protect biathlon fans and all those involved (teams, companies, employees, volunteers, etc.....).
Nevertheless, the organising committee will come up with a lot of ideas to involve the fans in the exciting competitions in a digital way. A concept is currently being fine-tuned to convey the legendary and typical “Anterselva feeling" to viewers at home. "We will give every viewer at home the feeling that they are sitting in the front row - even if only digitally" Lorenz Leitgeb stated.