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The global biathlon organization is currently holding elections for the executive posts as part of the 11th IBU Congress, running in Austria’s St. Wolfgang between September 4 and 8. A total of 51 IBU member nations were registered for the event with 289 people in attendance, which is a record gathering of the IBU Congress.
Maigurov’s nominated contenders for the post of the IBU vice president were Sergei Bulygin of Belarus, Olle Dahlin of Sweden and Vladimir Brynzak of Ukraine.
Maigurov, who replaced in this post his compatriot Sergei Kushchenko, received a total of 27 votes in his support and was followed by Dahlin with 17 votes, while Bulygin and Brynzak secured 4 and 2 votes respectively.
With the official opening of the Congress on Thursday night the actual elections began early on Friday morning and the voting for the post of the IBU president was the first on the agenda.
“The election of the President of IBU was first and the Congress reelected Anders Besseberg with absolute majority as President of the IBU for the period 2014-2018,” the official IBU website said.
Commenting on Besseberg’s reelection, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the election result was good for Russia.
“We have already sent our congratulations to Besseberg,” Mutko said. “We definitely respect the choice of the world biathlon family. The reelection of Besseberg is good for Russia. We have good and tested contacts with him. We will be successfully cooperating.”
According to the IBU website, the current Congress has a very busy program and following the elections of executives it will focus on Saturday on “the numerous requests for rule changes that will first be explained, discussed, and then put up for adoption.”
Sunday will be packed up with the presentations from the four candidates for the 2019 IBU World Championships and they are Nove Mesto na Morave (the Czech Republic), Antholz (Italy) Khanty Mansiysk (Russia) and Ostersund (Sweden).