Poiree arrives to train team

Raphael Poiree coaching Belarusian national men’s biathlon squad

The Frenchman is to sign a contract with the Belarusian Biathlon Federation to coach the national team in the nearest time, although his tasks are yet to be announced. The collaboration promises to be interesting, as the many-time world champion and Olympic medallist has been coaching since 2007. He has distinguished himself in training the Norwegian national junior team and Norwegian biathlete Tarjei Bo (whom he assisted in marksmanship). However, successful work with the Belarusian national team could take Poiree  to a new level. Unlike the women’s team, the men’s squad has failed to demonstrate impressive results in recent years.

Except for Sergey Novikov’s silver medal at the Olympics in Vancouver, our athletes have rarely entered the top 30 at World Cup events. In inviting the famous French biathlete, the Belarusian Biathlon Federation hopes to see him repeat the success of German coach Klaus Siebert. Several years ago, the German began working with the country’s women’s team, taking it to a leading position in world biathlon.

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