IBU Cup Final in Khanty-Mansiysk is open

Today, on March’13 the official opening ceremony of IBU Cup Final was held in the theater and concert center “Ugra-Classic”.

Athletes and officials of the event as well as other audience were greeted by actors, dancers and singers from Ugra. In the lobby of “Ugra-Classic” guests were met with a fashion show. Models presented a sportswear collection “Ugra. Russia. Sochi”.

The opening ceremonies of international biathlon competitions held in Ugra have always been vivid and non-standard, demonstrating an authentic national spirit of Western Siberia. And this time wasn’t an exception. Organizers managed to surprise the guest of Ugra.

The ceremony has started with a drum show that was followed by a parade of participating countries. 18 national flags of countries, whose athletes arrived in Khanty-Mansiysk to close the IBU Cup season were presented to the audience.

The governor of Khanty-Mansiysk autonomous region – Ugra Natalia Komarova and the Vice-president of International Biathlon Union (IBU) Victor Maygurov appeared on the scene to welcome all the athletes to a hospitable Ugra land.

“On behalf of people of Ugra I’d like to welcome all the guests of this event. The people of Ugra are in love with biathlon and I think there’s a good reason for that. Biathlon is closely linked to the livelihood activities of the ethnic people of this land: khanty, nenets and mansi. And this livelihood activity is hunting. The mastership, accuracy of shooting brings places on the podium for biathletes, while for a hunter his mastership in skiing and shooting is vitally important. But in both cases what matters are practice, mastership and insistence. We have been called “well-seasoned” biathlon fans but at the same time we are very thankful to IBU for introducing the novelty in this year’s program and hope that this new discipline will become traditional for these events. I am sure this will be a very memorable event and you will remember it at least until the next season comes” – addressed the participants of competitions Natalia Komarova.

“On behalf of International Biathlon Union I am glad to welcome you here to the final IBU Cup of the season 2017/2018. We know that Ugra has great biathlon traditions but biggest of them is your hospitality. Thank you very much for the preparation of this competition, thank you for the perfect weather” – concluded Victor Maygurov.

The entertaining part of the event included the synthesis of different genres of performing arts. The main aim of the Opening Ceremony of Biathlon IBU Cup Final was to motivate athletes for the last and the most important part of the season – clean shooting and achieving all goals.

The ceremony continued with a concert made by the best performers and artists of Ugra. They demonstrated the immense energy of sport, the strength of the spirit of people inhabiting Ugra, the power and friendship and people of all countries and nations. The program also included performances of dance and song ensembles of Khanty-Mansiysk.

It is to be reminded that races of the IBU Cup Final will start in just a day. The competitions will begin with super sprint, on March’14.

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