IBU Executive Board: Continued Good Governance Review and a Rise in Contributions

IBU Executive Board: Continued Good Governance Review and a Rise in Contributions

Fuschl am See, Austria. July 10, 2018

The Executive Board of the International Biathlon Union convened for its 137th meeting near Salzburg this week. The key topics were preparations for the 13th Regular IBU Congress in Porec, Croatia (September 5-9, 2018) and improving good governancewithin the IBU.

The Executive Board reviewed the amended IBU Code of Ethics draft provided by the IBU Legal Committee. A timeline was agreed to guarantee that the enhanced Code of Ethics, including the revised structure of the IBU Ethics Commission, will be complete and ready for adoption by the upcoming IBU Congress. This ethics review will be supplemented by the introduction of a robust whistleblower policy and new regulations governing bid committee conduct.

The Executive Board also discussed the budget proposal for the next three-year cycle. The budget, which will be proposed to the IBU Congress, includes a significant rise in terms of contributions to National Federations and Organising Committees. Importantly, the proposed budget includes a one-third increase in athletes’ total prize funds compared to the previous season, and for the first time comprises prize money for the overall winners of discipline World Cups (Individual, Sprint, Pursuit and Mass Start).

The external auditing company KPMG presented their review of the IBU financial accounts for the past fiscal year, ending April 30, 2018. They reported no irregularities in the Federation’s books and a positive result.

Acting Secretary General Martin Kuchenmeister informed the Executive Board Members that the external audit of the IBU anti-doping program conducted by the Institute of National Anti-Doping Organizations (iNADO) had commenced on schedule in June. The iNADO report will be presented atthe IBU Congress.

The Executive Board received an update by the IBU Independent Working Group, which continues to investigate data from the McLaren reports and the information from the Laboratory Information Management System database, revealed by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Executive Boardconfirmed the members of the IBU Anti-Doping Hearing Panel and IBU Court of Arbitration for theperiod 2018-2020.

The Executive Board also discussed the motions received for Congress by the National Federations to amend and edit the IBU Constitution and Rules. It was decided to support a complete review of the IBU Constitution until the Congress 2020. The Acting Secretary General reported on the preparations for the upcoming IBU Congress.

Finally, it was decided that the Snow Sports Federation of Ireland is recommended to become a full IBU member at the Congress. The next IBU Executive Board meeting will take place in Salzburg, August 3-4, 2018.