The location is (almost) new, but the rules remain the same: Ten international duos will compete with each other at the JOKA Biathlon World Team Challenge (BWTC) on 28 December 2020 in the Chiemgau Arena in Ruhpolding. Renowned teams confirmed their participation for the popular mixed race. Biathlon fans can look forward to watch international top teams competing with each other. Denise Herrmann with Benedikt Doll and Franziska Preuß with Simon Schempp will be part of the German Ski Association Team.
We will also see again Dorothea Wierer and Lukas Hofer, who won the Biathlon WTC in Gelsenkirchen in 2018. The other teams have also top-class participants, including the Swedish biathlon team that was very strong at the beginning of the World Cup. Duos from Austria, the Czech Republic, Russia and the Ukraine complete the event.
The list of participants at a glance (as of December 3, 2020):
GER Denise Hermann - Benedikt Doll
GER Franziska Preuss - Simon Schempp
ITA Dorothea Wierer - Lukas Hofer
CZE Marketa Davidova - Michal Krcmar
AUT Lisa Theresa Hauser - Julian Eberhard
RUS Evgeniya Pavlova - Matvey Eliseev
UKR Vita Semerenko - Dmytro Pidrushnyi
SWE Elisabeth Hoegberg - Torstein Stenerson
Until Christmas the field of participants will be completed by two more mixed teams. Chief organizer Herbert Fritzenwenger is currently in contact with other nations.
As the first major German biathlon event of the new season, the JOKA Biathlon World Team Challenge 2020 returns to its original location in Ruhpolding as a unique guest event. The traditional event, which has developed into the world's largest biathlon event in the Veltins-Arena since 2002, had to be postponed by one year, to December 2021, due to the Covid19 pandemic. The special edition in Ruhpolding will take place without spectators, but will be transmitted live by the german TV station ZDF for almost two hours.