Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Two or three things I know about it...



1. The World Orienteering Championships WOC 2014 are over. Time now to look on the Medal Board and noted that Switzerland was the most winning national team, with three gold medals, four silver and one bronze, in all five competitions - three individual (Sprint, Middle Distance and Long Distance) and two collective (Relay and Mixed Sprint Relay). Altogether, there were seven countries to enter their names in this restricted group, with Sweden to quote as the second most medalist selection with two gold, two silver and two bronze. With one gold medal, three silver and two bronze, Denmark is the selection that follows in this particular ranking. France, Norway and Russia won a gold medal and a bronze medal each, completing the board with the bronze medal won by Ukraine. Individually, the highlight goes to Swiss Judith Wyder, crowned queen of the Championships, with three gold medals (Sprint, Relay and Mixed Sprint Relay).

2. Took place on June 10th, in Lavarone, the General Assembly of the International Orienteering Federation, in which important decisions were taken. First, the adoption of amendment to the Statutes voted by a majority of three-fourths of the delegates present, making possible, from now on, the election of the President and members of the IOF Council every four years. Brian Porteous was re-elected IOF President by acclamation. The General Assembly appointed Latvia as the home of the World Orienteering Championships and World Trail Orienteering Championships, in 2018 and Lithuania will receive the World MTB orienteering Championships, in 2017. Should be noted that the General Assembly was preceded by a meeting of delegates held the previous day, where several issues of interest for the future of the sport were discussed, including the presentation of the Report of the Adventure Racing Working Group, the future of the Foot-O World Cup and still the plans for orienteering in The World Games in 2017 in Poland. The next General Assembly will be held in Sweden in late August 2016. For more information, see the webpage of the International Orienteering Federation at http://orienteering.org/iof-general-assembly-decisions/.

3. The "crazy week" of O-Ringen is about to start. Skåne, in southern Sweden, will held the 50th edition of this huge celebration that will bring from today to 25th July, more than 20.000 participants from around the world, sharing their attention by Foot Orienteering, MTB orienteering and Trail Precision. With a prize money of 80,000 SEK for the male and female winners in the Elite class, the Foot orienteering competition will put face to face the most important athletes of the world's orienteering for five stages promising challenge and emotion at the highest level. Trail Orienteering is distributed by four stages, two of which counting to the Unofficial European Cup in Trail Orienteering, with a list of entries that includes many of the leading figures of the recent World Championships in Italy, in particular the Swedish Michael Johansson (World Champion in PreO, Paralympic class) and the Norwegian Martin Jullum (World Champion in TempO). Finally, MTB orienteering and the three stages counting for the World Cup, also with the best values of the World, including the Portuguese Davide Machado that defends here his third position in the World Cup ranking. To know more, please visit http://www.oringen.se/english/.

[Photo: © Swiss Orienteering Team / facebook.com / SwissOrienteeringTeam]

Joaquim Margarido

1 comment:

  1. You forgot to mention another big competition with more than 4'700 runners next week: Swiss O Week will be held in Zermatt and many World Champions and the successful Swiss Orienteering Team are on the startline! www.swiss-o-week.ch

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