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Russian sports chief plans to control biathlon coaching staff reshuffles personally

April 12, 13:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian biathletes showed the poorest ever performance at world tournaments with no medals won in 11 races at the 2016 World Championship
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Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko

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MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday it was necessary to hold a thorough analysis into the deteriorating situation concerning biathlon in Russia and there must be no more "unspecific talk" with the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU).

"I have nothing to say about biathlon at the moment," Mutko told journalists when asked to comment on the situation at the issue. "I heard no reports as of yet. First of all, I need hear reports and proposals from the RBF."

Russian biathletes showed the poorest ever performance at world tournaments with no medals won in 11 races at the 2016 World Championship, hosted earlier in the month by Norway’s Holmenkollen.

The previous anti-record was set at the championships in Germany’s Ruhpolding in 2012, when Russian biathletes won only two bronze medals. In 2013, Russian biathletes won one bronze and one silver medals at the world championships in Nove Mesto.

"I personally ponder gathering representatives of all [Russian] regions, where biathlon is developing and talk to them," Mutko said. "I will not allow the RBF making general statements anymore."

"I will talk to each representative in person before making new appointments in the coaching staff of the Russian national biathlon team. There must be no more unspecific talks," the Russian sports minister added.

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