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Sport: Gender Equality policy in international Biathlon

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Last month, in Pokljuka, Slovenia, the International Biathlon Union, druing the competition, published its first Gender Equality Policy for all activity to ensure equality. It was a positive signal for the future championship as it decided during the Biathlon women's race 2021.
3 points major focus areas on objectives strategy by 2026:

Governance: ensuring that women are recruited to senior management governance and leadership positions and are assigned roles of influence with decision-making responsibilities while entrenching gender equality in national and international biathlon organisations through statutes, policies, and the electoral process.

Sport: increasing the recruitment and development of women coaches, referees, and officials at the highest level of the sport while keeping the existing equal balance in international competition participation, formats and sport technical rules, and equal pay. Safeguarding athletes from harassment and abuse in sport.

Portrayal: avoiding prejudice and stereotypes in the portrayal of women and men in all biathlon areas by raising awareness of what constitutes bias both conscious and unconscious and ensuring an equal media presence.

The IBU will be obliged to follow continual improvement and regularly monitor and report on progress. The IBU will track its contributions toward the International Olympic Committee gender equality goals and review this policy every two years if there is no request from the IBU Executive Board or change in legislation that merits an amendment before the two years.

Our strategic plan Target 26, which was developed and approved by the global biathlon family, made it clear that promoting gender equality is a strategic priority for the IBU. With the launch of our Gender Equality Policy we now have a structure in place that will allow us to ensure that biathlon is a sport free of gender discrimination and a sport that promotes equality at all levels of its management.

“We are at our strongest when we welcome the diversity of insights and perspectives of all members of our biathlon family – women and men. We know we have more work to do but this policy will formalise our commitment to encouraging and supporting women’s participation in biathlon at all levels so that we can implement the principle of equality for men and women.”

BU President Olle Dahlin said

Work hard for athlet:  Anti-doping and integrity

In 2003, the International Biathlon Union signed and established the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA to fight against it. Later, the Biathlon integrity unit was created to ensure all of Biathlon's stakeholders can have confidence that ethical issues in the sport will be addressed independently and expertly.

The IBU Anti-Doping work is now carried out by the Biathlon Integrity Unit. The Biathlon Integrity Unit is an operationally independent and specialised unit of the IBU. It was established in 2019 in order to ensure all of Biathlon’s stakeholders can have confidence that ethical issues in the sport will be addressed independently and expertly.

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