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Russians will take PCR tests to participate in the World Cup
Athletes are vaccinated with Sputnik V, which is not recognized as a vaccine in Western countries.
In order to compete at the World Cup stages in Oberhof and Ruhpolding, Russian biathletes will have to take additional tests.
Note that since December 15, German hotels have introduced a 2G access level, which means that now only those who are vaccinated or who have been ill are allowed in.
At the same time, according to the Russian Biathlon Union, their athletes are vaccinated with Sputnik V, but this drug is not recognized as a vaccine in Western countries.
“The IBU’s top priority this season is to guarantee safe and fair competition, including equal access for all teams. Therefore, the IBU recognizes all vaccines that are nationally approved for its events and continues to work closely with its Medical Advisory Group, organizing committees and national authorities to ensure equal access to competition for all athletes.
As of today, Sputnik V vaccinated athletes can compete in the IBU World Cup events in Germany in January under the exclusive rule for these events, but must undergo regular PCR testing to enter and stay in the bubble.
The German federal government and local authorities will meet this week to discuss further COVID-19 rules for Germany. The IBU will be watching closely to see if the results of these meetings will affect the World Cup events in Germany in January.
The IBU Medical Advisory Group will also meet this week to discuss the current situation. This week we will tell the teams about the rules for travel, entry into Germany and participation in competitions, “- quoted by the IBU Match TV.