How to: Para-biathlon - sitting category

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Discover what the para-biathlon - standing category is all about and which characteristics define this Paralympic discipline.

Experts and Paralympic athletes such as Oleksandra Kononova (Ukraine) and Ihor Reptyukh (Ukraine) explain the sport, their equipment, the technique and the rules. The events consist of a 2.0 or 2.5 km course skied three or five times in the free technique for a total race distance between 6-15 km. Between the two stages athletes must hit two targets located at a distance of 10m.

Each miss is penalised by an increase in the overall route time. The most important success factor lies in the capability of alternating the skills of physical endurance and shooting accuracy during the competition. Athletes with visual impairment are assisted by acoustic signals, which depending on signal intensity, indicate when the athlete is on target.

The sport is governed by the IPC with co-ordination by the IPC Nordic Skiing Technical Committee following the modified rules of the International Biathlon Union (IBU).

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