Welcome to the IBU World Championships Biathlon 2023

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

we are very happy to welcome you to the IBU Biathlon World Championships 2023 in the town of Oberhof.

After 2004, the Thüringer Wintersportzentrum will host a biathlon world championship for the second time. Back then – almost two decades ago – biathlon fans were able to witness exciting competitions, an electric atmosphere, and a yet still up-and-coming and rapidly growing type of winter sport. In many countries, biathlon now is the undisputed number one when it comes to winter sports live broadcasts on television.

Therefore, the expectations in the 2023 championships are equally high. And we too are hoping – after having endured the limitations caused by the Covid pandemic – to have the opportunity to broadcast this marvelous sport in the presence of many thousands of people in the stadium and along the course.

The competitions will be produced in cooperation with the ZDF, and we will do everything we can to broadcast unforgettable pictures from the Thuringian Forest out into the world.In the broadcasting union of the ARD, we – the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk (MDR) – are responsible for the technical aspects of these world championships. We have extensive experience in producing winter sport events, we are at home in Thuringia, and we aspire to provide you with perfect working conditions and professional service for TV and radio.

Let us celebrate the sport of biathlon together – with tens of thousands of fans on the spot and millions of television viewers and radio listeners across Europe and all over the world.


Warm regards

Klaus Brinkbäumer
MDR Program Director

Welcome by Organising Committee

Dear Media Representatives,

A very warm welcome to the absolute highlight of the winter season 2022/23, the BMW IBU Biathlon World Championships in Oberhof.

Welcome by Eurovision Sport

Dear Colleagues and friends of Biathlon,

Eurovision Sport warmly welcome you to the 2023 IBU World Biathlon Championships in Oberhof, without a doubt the highlight of the upcoming winter season.

Welcome by IBU President

Dear Broadcasters ,

it is with great pleasure and joy that I welcome you to the IBU World Championships 2023 in Oberhof, Germany.