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IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country Skiing World Cups of 2015-16 which gets underway on Wednesday ( is to gather 70 skiers from seven countries to take the trails in Tyumen, Russia, for the first

02 December 2015
A series of world and Paralympic champions and World Cup winners will compete in both sports until 9 December at the Pearl of Siberia winter sports centre.

Vladimir Lukin  stressed the importance of the event:

"We are very pleased that the International Paralympic Committee chose Tyumen for the first stage of the World Cup. Russian athletes with their results at the Paralympic Games in Sochi proved to the world that our ski and biathlon school is one of the strongest in the world, and so many countries are interested come to Tyumen to gain experience in organizing international competitions. I am sure it will be an open and uncompromising struggle on the track. "


Head of the Working Group for the preparation of national teams of Russia to the XII Paralympic Winter Games in 2018 in Pyeongchang (South Korea) Pavel Rozhkov noted:

"The World Cup in Tyumen is an important step in preparation for the Paralympic Games. Thus, the Russian national team will open the 2015-2016 sports season of the year and the may  gain ranking points. For our athletes it is a difficult task - is to show the athletic performance that they showed in the Sochi Paralympics. I am confident that the Russians  represent our country excellently . "

Competitions begin in Tyumen with middle distance classic cross-country on Wednesday, followed by long distance free on Thursday (3 December).

After a rest day on Friday (4 December), cross-country will conclude with sprint free.

Biathlon gets underway on Saturday (6 December) with individual competitions followed by another rest day on 7 December.

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