The historical backgroundValery Polhovsky against Alexander Tikhonov
Soon after the Olympic Games termination in Turin a group of companies “ a Mechel “ were throughout three years the sponsor of the Union of biathlonists of Russia (SBR), has stopped with it sponsor`s relations. In July, 2006 president SBR Alexander Tikhonov has signed the sponsor`s contract with German company Viessmann. And in the autumn, approximately two months prior to otchetno - elective conference SBR, on which two thirds of voices a victory over the protege “ a Mechel “ Vladimir Malinym Alexander Tikhonov, almost all members of Russian national team has gained and their trainers have refused to sign personal sponsor`s contracts with SBR. Sportsmen asserted that in them financial obligations which takes before them on itself SBR are written indistinctly down. From the first November stages of a World Cup and up to the season termination in March biathlonists striked, acting in competitions to the stuck logos of the new sponsor and accepting bonus from “ a Mechel “. According to heads SBR, Valery Polhovsky became one of the main initiators of the conflict between SBR and members of a national team.