Friday, November 22, 2013

Two or three things I know about it...

1. On its Meeting in Brussels, last 9th november, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) attributed the organisation of the 29th Winter Universiade to Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and at the same time confirmed that ski orienteering will be one of the sports in Krasnoyarsk. “It is the most beautiful day in my life. I thank FISU for the confidence it has demonstrated by allowing us to organise the Universiade. We hope to see you in Krasnoyarsk. Welcome to Siberia!”, Lev Kuznetsov, the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk region, exclaimed. The junction of the words “university” and “Olympiad” led to the term “Universiade”, an international sports competition among students. For many, this is considered the youth version of the Olympic Games and has been the second most significant international event in the world sports stage for over 50 years.  This news came at the same time as the news about the first World University Ski Orienteering Championships that will be held in 2016, also in Russia. Participation in the Winter Universiade is another huge step forward for the discipline. You can see the complete article on FISU's webpage, at

2. Located 130 km west from the brazilian capital, Brasilia, the city of Pirenópolis received between 14th and 17th november, the XVI South American Orienteering Championships (SAOC). Organised by the South American Orienteering Confederation, Brazilian Orienteering Confederation, Goiás Orienteering Federation and Cerrado Orienteering Club and including a stage counting for the world ranking (WRE), the event was attended by half a thousand athletes from six countries. By winning the titles of Long Distance and Middle Distance, the Brazilians Mirian Pasturiza and Cleber Baratto Vidal were the big stars of the event, to which are added Elaine Lenz and Fabio Kuczkoski, winners of the Sprint distance. Full results can be found at

3. It's time to vote in the World of O's course of the year contest. Voting is done by setting up your “Top 5 List” based on the 79 nominated maps. Based on all the submitted “Top 5 Lists”, the best course in 2013 is found using a simple formula: For each 1st spot in a “Top 5 List”, a course gets 100 points, 70 points for each 2nd spot, 50 points for each 3rd spot, 30 points for each 4th spot and 10 points for each 5th spot. Voting is open from Wednesday November 20th until Tuesday November 26th. Prizes include a bundle of event entries. Everything to know at

Joaquim Margarido

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