Thursday, January 02, 2014

Two or three things I know about it...

1. Those, on yesterday's early hours, who acceded to the International Orienteering Federation's webpage, to query the rankings [World Cup & World Ranking], were surprised with the news of a break from the server, the VIProgrammers, through 6prog. On a short statement, signed by Ray Barnes, it was said that “after 13 years of freely given effort, it is with great regret that 6prog have stopped providing IOF with an athlete ranking system from 1st January 2014.” The changes made by the IOF Council to the scheme, removing any statistical basis from the leading rankings and turning it into “a list of athletes who have stood on the podium at WOC and World Cup events”, seems to be on the basis of the decision. Barnes points out that “6prog do not wish to be involved with a scheme unless it ranks athletes by their relative performance at all elite events”, emphasizing the word “all”. The document ends with “many thanks to all the individuals who have helped maintain the accuracy of the rankings over the years”, announcing that original ranking tables will continue on a new website early in January, which is

2. Tove Alexandersson is between the four nominated for the Best Female Athlete of the Year award, in Sweden. Seen by many as a the successor of Simone Niggli, the 21 years old athlete has as adversaries to the prize the cyclist Emma Johansson, leader of the world ranking and silver medal at World Championships, the athlete Aregawi Ababa, World Champion of 1500 meters and the swimmer Sarah Sjöström, World Champion of 100 meters Butterfly. A strong competition, to which Tove Alexandersson will oppose their titles of Vice World Champion of Long Distance and Middle Distance on Foot-O and still the World Sprint title in Ski-O. In the remaining categories, place for the well-knowned Irene Ekelund (Athletics) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Football) nominated in the categories of Best Newcomer of the Year and Best Male Athlete of the Year, respectively. The winners will be announced on the 13th of January, in a ceremony that will take place at the Ericsson Globe, in Stockholm. Everything to follow in

3. The article published at the Orienteering World's last issue about “Internet Temp-O Trophy”, seems to have given to Marco Giovannini the needed motivation to launch a new edition of this distinct initiative. The Christmas holidays were spent working on the issue and Marco expected within days - “the start of the play could be 10th January or similar” - that everything will be ready. According to the author , “this edition will be easier than second trophy”, with the penalty being again of 30 seconds for each incorrect answer. Marco Giovannini draws a special note to the need to be very attentive to the control description “because reading it you can understand Zero answer”. Another important tip has to do with the small number of “between” problems, the author trying to escape from “zero” answers in those cases. Important point: There will be 8 stations with 5 problems for each place. Marco Giovannini like to remember that “ITTG is only a game and it permits the "virtual" meeting of trailorienteers; so, I hope you won't try to cheat”. Concluding, a single wish: “Last edition, we had more than 100 competitors and I wish to hit that number”. Everything to follow in

Joaquim Margarido

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