Sturla Legreid, the only theoretical rival of Johannes Boe in the fight for the BCG, wasn't participate in the individual race, which means he will no longer be able to win back 399 points behind.
Johannes and Tarjei Boe will also not take part in the individual race. In addition to Christiansen and Dale, who consistently was at the main team from the start of the season, the team will be supplemented by Endre Stromsheim, who began season from IBU Cup, later took part at World Championship and the World Cup and in Nove Mesto. As well as Philip Andresen, who competed from the 1st to the 6th event of the WC, and Vebjoern Soerum.
In part, the nomination of only five biathletes suggests that the entire "sick" trio is also declared for this event. The Norwegians have a maximum of 8 athletes in the application, and a maximum of 6 in the race.
It's a good opportunity for Christiansen, Hartveg, and Ponsiluoma to compete for the small Globe in individual race.