Antholz is thus the fourth stop in this year's World Cup calendar after Kontiolahti, Hochfilzen and Oberhof. After the Italien event, the international biathlon circuit will move to Pokljuka in Slovenia for the 2021 World Championships. The Östersund (SWE), Annecy-Le Grand Bornand (FRA) and Ruhpolding (GER) stages are cancelled this season from the World Cup calendar, as the IBU wanted to reduce travel and changes of venue in order to minimise health and logistical risks.
"We are of course delighted to have been included in the World Cup calendar this winter as well. Despite the Corona crisis and the extremely difficult conditions, we wanted to hold our races at all costs," says Lorenz Leitgeb, President of the OC Antholz. "We owe this to our biathlon family and our fans. Of course, we will follow all medical instructions and implement the Covid 19 safety measures. The safety of the athletes, technicians and spectators remains our highest priority" promises Leitgeb. "I would also like to express my special thanks to the Governor and Sports Councillor, Arno Kompatscher, who has been a strong supporter in recent months, both in the negotiations with the IBU and in those with the national and local health authorities".
The World Cup programme in Antholz will remain unchanged with the women's and men's Individual races on the first two days of competition (21 and 22 January 2021) and the Mass Start and Relay competitions at the weekend (23 and 24 January). In the coming months the OC Antholz will also decide when the ticket pre-sale will start.