Sunday, February 16, 2014

Two or three things I know about it...



1. The International Orienteering Federation has just published this year's first edition of the Inside Orienteering. Bimonthly basis, the newsletter 1/2014 includes seven articles written by Anna Jacobson, Clive Allen and Joaquim Margarido, beyond the usual “word from the IOF President”, Brian Porteous and a couple of news in brief. A number that stretches over 18 pages, talking about the successful Ski Orienteering premiere at the Winter Olympic Day for Children in the Czech Republic or the new TV break-through for orienteering. The regular feature “North South East West” takes us back to Estonia, seeing “past, present and future under one single banner: Passion for orienteering”. The World Masters Orienteering Championships 2014 (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and the opening round of the World Cup 2015 (Tasmania) are subjects to a brief preview in this number of Inside Orienteering, while we look, “behind the scenes”, to the Australian Mike Dowling, a professor in the College of Hobart (Tasmania) and one of the Vice-President of the International Orienteering Federation. The last notes goes to the interview with Ursula Häusermann, from the IOF MTBO Commission, about the process of evaluation of the quality standards in that discipline. All good reasons to “flip through” Inside Orienteering 1/2014, in http://www.orienteering.org/edocker/inside-orienteering/2014-1/.


2. The latest entries on the major international events, that will attract to Portugal orienteers from all over the world in the next three weekends, continues to grow. The MCO 2014 - 3rd Mediterranean Championships of Orienteering has 927 registered athletes from 27 different countries. The extraordinary demand in the Men Elite class (219) forced the organizers to bring forward to 8:30 am Saturday, the 22th, the starting of the first athlete to the Middle Distance WRE course, as does the Long Distance WRE course next day early for 9:00 am. Distributed as usual for the four days of Carnival, the nineteenth edition of the Portugal O' Meeting is showing higher dimension rates, with the number of entries ascending, up to date, to the 1645 athletes from 21 countries. Here too, the rank of Men Elite is the largest, with 198 participants, and we can see 121 participants in the TrailO stage. Finally we have the second edition of the Alentejo Orienteering Trophy with entries open until March 3rd, which already has 352 registered athletes, more than half of them foreigners, representing 12 different countries.


3. Held last weekend in Onil (Alicante), the first stage of the Spanish FootO League 2014 was organized by EC Colivenc, having the participation of eight hundred athletes. Distributed by a Middle Distance course (in a map signed by the Portuguese Rui Antunes) and a Long Distance course, the VIII Premi D'Orientació Comunitat Valenciana had in the Russian Natalia Vinogradova (Angelniemen Ankkuri) the winner in the Women Elite class, followed by Marika Teini (SK Pohjantähti) and Anna Serralonga Arques (GO- XTREM). In the Men Elite class, triumph for the Romanian Ionut Alin Zinca (FARRA - O), ahead of Luis Enrique Nogueira (COMA) and Jonas Leandersson (SNO). Anna Serralonga Arques and Ionut Alin Zinca are the first leaders of the Elite FootO ranking this season. More informations, complete results, elite athletes' tracks and photos at http://orientaciocolivenc.blogspot.com.es/.


Joaquim Margarido

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