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IBU Tightens Safety Regulations for Handling Rifles Ahead of New Season


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Changes to Safety Regulations in Biathlon Ahead of New Season

Moscow, October 25 -/h2>

The International Biathlon Union (IBU) has made updates to its safety regulations for the upcoming season. The revised rules, which can be found on the organization’s website, place stricter guidelines on the handling of rifles.
According to the new regulations, the rifle must be carried either on the back or with the bolt open. Additionally, while on the shooting range, biathletes are prohibited from pointing the muzzle of the gun at themselves or others. Any movements with the gun that could endanger others, regardless of whether it is loaded or not, are strictly forbidden.
The decision to update the rules for rifle handling was prompted by a violation committed by Belgian biathlete Thierry Lange. During the World Cup in Pokljuka, Slovenia, in January, Lange blew snow from his barrel and pointed his rifle at his face.
The new World Cup season will commence on November 25 in Ostersund, Sweden.
In March 2023, the IOC recommended that international federations allow Russians who did not support the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to compete under a neutral status. The IOC also proposed excluding athletes associated with armed forces, security services, and national teams from team competitions. The International Boxing Federation has upheld the suspension of Russian and Belarusian athletes from international competitions until further notice.

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