See you in 2020, December
Annecy-Le Grand-Bornand, France's chosen venue for the Biathlon World Cup, where it had already organised two successful rounds in 2013 and 2017, marked by a media and popular success with 30,000 and 53,000 spectators respectively, has just reached a new milestone on the evening of Sunday 22 December at the end of the third French round, with a record attendance of more than 61,539 fans massed in the Sylvie Becaert International Stadium for four days.
The "Bornandine" exception confirmed...
Enough to reinforce the French organization and the association of the assets of a big city, Annecy, and the attractions of an authentic mountain resort, Le
Grand-Bornand as a not only expected but now unavoidable stop on the international calendar. For this is precisely what the French round will be particularly distinguished this week: beyond the record attendance figures, with no real surprises (apart from particularly difficult weather conditions) due to the reinforcement of a true French biathlete culture in recent years, and the performances of recorded by a French team at the top of its art, it is indeed the exception bornandine which will have filtered during four days.
The IBU staff, who came out in force under the chairmanship of Olle Dahlin, were able to appreciate the progress made since 2013 and were pleased with the good organisation of the event, which confirms their decision to award three consecutive events to Annecy-Le Grand-Bornand. A mixture of popular fervour coupled with recognition from the highest authorities,
which augur well for further success from December 14 to 20, 2020, and again from December 13 to 19, 2021...