Thursday, February 13, 2014

Portugal O' Meeting 2014: Orienteering's feast

A new edition of the Portugal O' Meeting is approaching and our country back to open doors to the World FootO Elite. The city of Gouveia will be the stage of an event that will have in the athlete Fernanda Ribeiro its “ambassador” and in the leaders of the IOF's World Rankings, Simone Niggli and Thierry Gueorgiou, the biggest stars.

The CPOC – Clube Português de Orientação e Corrida and the Municipality of Gouveia join forces to host the Portugal O' Meeting's 19th edition. The biggest event of the regular Foot-O calendar in Portugal back, once again, to show its scrolls, attracting to the granitic landscapes of the Serra da Estrela's foothill a large number of athletes, which number is currently 1633 participants from 21 countries. With 451 athletes registered, the Portuguese representation is naturally the most numerous, but both Spain and France, Finland, Switzerland or Sweden will bring to Portugal more than a hundred participants.

The excellent agreement between the CPOC and the Municipality of Gouveia, had in the organization of the Gouveia Orienteering Meeting, in February 2011, a first and auspicious episode. Confessing to unaware this region of Portugal, the winner in 2011 and current leader of the World Ranking, the French Thierry Gueorgiou, was truly amazed by the quality of the terrains. Will be hoping for another great event that Gueorgiou returns to Gouveia, this time for the Portugal O' Meeting - which he won in the last two editions and also in 2007. Beside him, will be the best orienteer of all time, the Swiss Simone Niggli, also leader of the World Ranking and the winner of the Portugal O'Meeting for five times (the last four editions and still in 2002). Gueorgiou and Niggli are unquestionably the great figures of this POM 2014, heading a list that includes the names of nine other top-50 world athletes.

Distributed by the first four days of March, the competition's program of the Portugal O' Meeting 2014 will include four stages of forest, a night Sprint and still a Trail Orienteering stage. The presence of the most medalist Portuguese athlete ever, Fernanda Ribeiro, is confirmed in Gouveia, as Ambassador of the event. In 2009, after having led the team that organized the 14th edition of the Portugal O 'Meeting, Luís Santos will again be the Event Director. The responsible is shown to be particularly pleased with the event's preparations and on the number of entries, “well over 1.200 participants that we have established as a minimum goal”, also reinforcing the idea of “excellent quality of the terrains”. Is also guaranteed the high organizational level, which CPOC has accustomed the Orienteering lovers and also the excellence of the technical work, based on the quality of the maps, mostly signed by Raquel Costa and Tiago Aires.

More information on the event page on

Joaquim Margarido

[Sponsorized by Orievents and Municipality of Gouveia]

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