Russian Biathlon Union announces team rosters for 2019 IBU European Championships

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MOSCOW, February 18. /TASS/. The Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) announced on Monday national men and women’s team rosters for the 2019 IBU (International Biathlon Union) European Championships, scheduled to be held between February 20 and 24 in Minsk, Belarus.

According to the RBU press service, the women’s national squad for the upcoming championship is comprised of Natalia Gerbulova, Svetlana Mironova, Anastasia Morozova, Yevgeniya Pavlova, Viktoria Slivko, Irina Starykh and Yekaterina Yurlova-Percht.

The initially announced list of the Russian national men’s team for the European biathlon tournament in Minsk included Anton Babikov, Matvei Yeliseyev, Yevgeny Garanichev, Alexander Loginov, Dmitry Malyshko, Nikita Porshnev and Maxim Tsvetkov.

However, the RBU announced to TASS later in the day that Garanichev was replaced in the team by Semyon Suchilov. According to the RBU, 31-year-old Garanichev caught cold at the World Cup stage in the United States last week.

“Doctors have recommended Garanichev to skip the European Championship and he will be substituted by Semyon Suchilov,” the RBU told TASS.

The IBU World Cup stage in the United States was held on February 14-17 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Garanichev did not participate in the Pursuit Competition in the United States last week since he was late to register for the start.

The 2019 IBU European Championships in Belarus has scheduled events in: Men 20 km Individual Competition; Women 15 km Individual Competition; Single Mixed Relay (W-M); 2×6+2×7.5 Mixed Relay (W-M); Men 10 km Sprint Competition; Women 7.5 km Sprint Competition; Men 12.5 km Pursuit Competition and Women 10 km Pursuit Competition.

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