Labytnangi to get biathlon and archery center
© RIA Novosti. Alexandr Kryazhev

Labytnangi to get biathlon and archery center

A decision has been made to build a modern biathlon center with a roller ski course and an archery range in Labytnangi. The new facility is expected to improve the standard of training for athletes and provide for the hosting of multi-level competitions in the city, according to the head of the Municipal Administration Marina Treskova.

The center is to comprise a specialized course with an archery range and a hotel for athletes. The archery range can also be used to train sharpshooters, power-lifters and weightlifters. There are also plans to build running tracks for summer biathlon events, grandstands for spectators, a booth for commentators, maintenance and storage facilities.

Dmitry Artyukhov, Governor of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, praised the idea. "Biathlon is very popular in our region. The whole country knows the young women who have graduated from our Olympic Reserve School. This is a good foundation for future development. This is a large-scale and resource-intensive project. I believe that biathlon programs in Yamal and Labytnangi should receive additional support," he said.

In the past few years, the city has obtained new sports facilities, including the multi-purpose Arktika and Start centers, the Avangard Ice Palace and the Polyarny fitness centerwith a swimming pool. An overhaul of the Kristall multi-purpose ice hockey stadium is to be completed soon.