European biathlon championships

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The Biathlon European Championships (officially: IBU Open European Championships Biathlon ; short: OECH ) have been organized annually by the International Biathlon Union (IBU) since 1994 . The title fights usually take place at the end of January or in February before the biathlon world championships . The absolute top of the world mostly refrain from participating in the competitions; Therefore, at the open European championships, mainly athletes start who usually take part in the IBU Cup or hardly achieve top positions in the World Cup.

Since 2016, the Biathlon Junior European Championships (officially: IBU Junior Open European Championships ) have been held separately as part of the IBU Junior Cup .


At the European Championships, a selection from the disciplines sprint, pursuit, individual, mass start as well as relay races, mixed and single mixed relays will be held.


European biathlon championships
year venue
1993 SlovakiaSlovakia Osrblie 1
1994 FinlandFinland Kontiolahti
1995 FranceFrance Le Grand-Bornand
1996 ItalyItaly Ridanna
1997 AustriaAustria Windischgarsten
1998 BelarusBelarus Minsk
1999 RussiaRussia Izhevsk
2000 PolandPoland Kościelisko
2001 FranceFrance Haute Maurienne
2002 FinlandFinland Kontiolahti
2003 ItalyItaly Forni Avoltri
2004 BelarusBelarus Minsk
2005 RussiaRussia Novosibirsk
2006 GermanyGermany Arber
2007 BulgariaBulgaria Bansko
2008 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Nové Město na Moravě
2009 RussiaRussia Ufa
2010 EstoniaEstonia Otepää
2011 ItalyItaly Ridanna
2012 SlovakiaSlovakia Osrblie
2013 BulgariaBulgaria Bansko
2014 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Nové Město na Moravě
2015 EstoniaEstonia Otepää
2016 RussiaRussia Tyumen
2017 PolandPoland Duszniki-Zdrój
2018 ItalyItaly Ridanna
2019 BelarusBelarus Minsk-Raubitschy
2020 BelarusBelarus Minsk-Raubitschy 2
2021 PolandPoland Duszniki-Zdrój
2022 GermanyGermany Arber
Biathlon Junior European Championships
year venue
2016 SloveniaSlovenia Pokljuka
2017 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Nové Město na Moravě
2018 SloveniaSlovenia Pokljuka
2019 NorwayNorway Sjusjøen
2020 AustriaAustria Hochfilzen
2021 LatviaLatvia Madona
2022 SloveniaSlovenia Pokljuka
1 No event due to lack of snow.
2Relocated in Otepää due to lack of snow .EstoniaEstonia 

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