The men’s biathlon team will leave on June 15 to Oberhof, then to Italy
Head coach of the Ukrainian men’s biathlon team Yuraj Sanitra spoke about the team’s first gathering in the offseason.
“The team met in a good mood, everyone arrived in order. Anton Dudchenko, Dmitry Pidruchny, Bogdan Tsymbal, Denis Nasyko, Artem Tishchenko, Taras Lesyuk and Vitaly Mandzyn are here. Artem Prima has not yet arrived: after the end of the season, he began to treat the problem that he had in the winter. That is why Artem will join the team five days later, but he will also be ready to start training.”
“This eight will be preparing for the season, but I will also look very seriously at Ruslan Tkalenko. I want to give him the opportunity to get to the summer world championship. He will go with us to the training camp in Italy in Paso Lavazza, so that I can see all the guys and, as a result, correctly determine the composition for the summer world championship.”
“After the gathering in Ukraine, on Thursday, June 15, we go to Germany to Oberhof. Then the training camp in Italy and the first peak in summer training – the start at the summer world championship in Osrble, Slovakia. We’ll figure it out further, the plan has been created, but after the world championship certain corrections can be made in the teams.”
“Offers from other teams always come after every season. I will speak for myself, at the moment it is not interesting for me. I do not deal with this issue, because I am morally connected with the team and the guys. I want to continue working with this team, because I see the point: we have been working for several seasons and I believe that now we can reach the peak and get the product of this work.”
“If health permits and everything goes according to our calculations, we will gradually move towards the 2026 Olympic Games and build a strong team in order to fulfill the desire that I and the athletes have there. A medal is never planned, but everything must be done to fight for it.”
Sanitra was appointed to the post of curator of the men’s biathlon teams of Ukraine in April. The Slovak will work with the team for the entire Olympic cycle – until the end of the 2025/26 season.
Ukraine last winter for the first time in history ended the season without awards at the World Cup. At the same time, the men’s and women’s teams entered the top 10 of the Nations Cup standings, which allowed Ukraine to maintain a quota of five athletes for individual races for the next season.
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