Biathlon will take place at the Schietvereniging (shooting club) "De Eendracht" in Barneveld. Biathlon – a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting – was invented in the 18th century by Norwegian soldiers. Nowadays, it is a global top sport, in which the Scandinavian countries in particular excel. In the Netherlands, biathlon is a relatively minor sport due to the lack of natural locations and training possibilities. Biathlon can be divided into two variants: the classic version and the summer version, where the skis are exchanged for running shoes.