Borut Nunar, the race director of the International Biathlon Federation, gives the signal with a starting pistol to begin practically every important biathlon competition in the world. At the moment, there is probably not a single person in Slovenia who knows the situation in this sport better, as well as in Slovenian biathlon, the centre on Pokljuka and the development of sport on Rudno polje.
He has been involved in cross-country skiing and biathlon for virtually his entire life. Already as a child, he enrolled in cross-country skiing, and after a career that was stopped by injuries, he joined the biathletes. In 1999 and 2000 he was the coach of Slovenian biathletes, then between 2006 and 2010 he was the head of national team. At the same time, between 2001 and 2010 he was the director of the organising committee of Pokljuka. His good work was recognised at the International Biathlon Federation and they invited him to join them.
You have been observing the biathlon centre on Rudno polje and its development for at least 25 years. What are your memories of Pokljuka?
I have followed all this development closely and today we have a beautiful modern biathlon centre. But I vividly remember what it was like when I first saw it. The heart were military barracks, a shooting range and six containers. Even those who were in Pokljuka 10 or 15 years ago would no longer recognise it today. The story is very successful, but in the first place I must point out that it would not have succeeded without the people who worked hard there, and of course not without the story related to biathlon.
The effort and work invested in it was enormous. Therefore, on the other hand, after all these years, I am still saddened that we cannot speak openly about cross-country tracks in Pokljuka. We are still talking about forest trails. We have always been proud that Pokljuka is in the Triglav National Park. This is a specialty that we greatly appreciate. But other stadiums are also in protected areas, where they find common ground with sports, how to perform an activity in a concentrated area.