Friday, March 25, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...

1. By these days, Göreme is hosting the Cappadocia MTBO Cup, an event that attracts to that region of Turkey more than 100 athletes from 10 different nationalities. The competition started yesterday with the Mixed Sprint Relay, which follows, in a few hours, the Long Distance. In the second half of the event we'll have the Middle Distance and the Sprint, respectively next Saturday and Sunday. With the last two stages scoring for the IOF World Ranking, the event registers 61 athletes in the Elite classes, among which we can see renowned names such as the Austrian Kevin Haselsberger, Andreas Waldmann, Sonja Zinkl or Michaela Gigon and the Swiss Beat Schaffner , Beat Oklé, Maja Rothweiler or Christine Schaffner. This event is also included in the World Masters Series, with the Middle Distance and the Long Distance stages scoring for the respective ranking. More details at

2. Are we on the road to the Winter Olympics? Yes, definitely! For the first time ever, Ski Orienteering will be included in the program of the Winter Universiade. As a pre-competition to the Universiade, the World Ski Orienteering Championships will be held in Krasnoyarsk March 5-13, 2017, the same where, two years later, will take place, the Winter Universiade 2019. Two weeks ago, the IOF Event Adviser team - Event Director Alexander Bliznevsky, Assistant Event Director Sergey Khudik, Assistant Event Adviser Markku Vauhkonen (FIN), Event Secretary Anna Khudik, Senior Event Adviser Sild Sixten (EST), TV-producer Karel Jonak (CZE) and National Controller Arkadiy Vedin – visited Krasnoyarsk and several working meetings were held with representatives from the Russian Orienteering Federation, the Winter Universiades Directorate, the WSOC 2017 Organizing Committee and TV-production team. As a result of the visit a WSOC 2017 TV production plan was elaborated, the final program of the WSOC 2017 was confirmed and Bulletin 2 prepared. Ski Orienteering aims for inclusion to the Winter Olympic Games and the Winter Universiade 2019 corresponds to a giant step towards such big goal. Ski Orienteering is already in the permanent program of the World Military Winter Games and is now joining the FISU Winter Universiade sports, two of the largest winter sports events in the world besides the Winter Olympics.

3. It is less than 50 days until World Orienteering Day, and there is a lot of activity going on around the world, with many schools and clubs in the process of planning their activities for World Orienteering Day. The brand new World Orienteering Day Website is now live and can be seen at It will be the central hub for the project, where participants can register their activities, upload maps, download promotional material and material for their events, and much more. The latest WOD Newsletter is just being published and it’s full of information and inspiration. Read it [HERE] to find out more about how to use the website and what materials are available, and to see what other people are getting up to on May 11th. In the meanwhile, the Portuguese Orienteering Federation has been encouraging the clubs in order to join the initiative, but only the Clube Orientação Viseu - Natura has made public its intention to organize an event on World Orientation Day so far. Along with the Centro de Deficientes de Santo Estevão, the COV - Natura will organize an Adapted Orienteering course, a discipline particularly directed to a population with mental intellectual disability.

4. After the major international events of January and February, Abrantes hosted the Orienteering's come back. Organized by the Clube de Orientação e Aventura, the Ribatejo Interior Trophy called to Abrantes, right in the center of the country, a set of 324 athletes for two Middle Distance courses, both scoring for the Portuguese Orienteering Cup Vitalis 2016, and also a Night Sprint course and a TempO event. In the Men Elite class, victories divided up by Tiago Romão (GafanhOri), Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) and Marco Póvoa (ADFA), the last one in the Sprint. As for the Women Elite class, triumphs for Mariana Moreira (CPOC), Carolina Delgado (GD4C) and, in the Sprint, Liliana Oliveira (GD4C). Overall, the victory would belong to Manuel Horta and Liliana Oliveira. As for the TempO event, the victory fell to Edgar Domingues (COC). Everything to check at

Joaquim Margarido

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