Friday, April 29, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...

1. All over the next weekend, the Orienteering fans will be focused in the Lower Silesia region, in Poland, for the opening round of the FootO World Cup 2016. “Three races in three unique venues: Wrocław, Sobótka (mountain Ślęża) and Trzebnica. This will definitely be an orienteering feast”, assure the organizers about the three stages - Middle Distance, Sprint (Qualification + Final) and Sprint Relay - that fill the program. “Courses, made by two of the best course setters in Poland - Jacek Morawski and Kostiantyn Majasow -, are already done and we're sure, that our guests will be satisfied”, says Wojciech Dwojak, World Cup Event Director. The number of registered athletes amounts to 264, representing 26 countries, and it’s possible to see on the list the winners of the two previous editions of the World Cup, the Swiss Daniel Hubmann and the Swedish Tove Alexandersson, but also the Danish Maja Alm, the Norwegian Olav Lundanes, the Ukrainian Nadiya Volynska, the Swedish Helena Jansson, the British Catherine Taylor, the Swiss Matthias Kyburz or the New Zealander Tim Robertson, among many other important names of the international Orienteering scene. The French Thierry Gueorgiou and the Danish Ida Bobach, Long Distance World Champions, are the most remarkable absents from the greatest test before the World Games 2017, that will be held in Wrocław. Everything to follow at http://worldcup2016.pl/.

2. The Czech Team for the European Orienteering Championships on home ground has been selected. World Champion in 2008 (Olomouc, Czech Republic), Dana Safka Brozková is heading the strong team – being best among the women in the selection races. The Czech selection races for the forest disciplines in EOC 2016 were held in Šumperk and surroundings last weekend. The selection races started with a 3000 meter track test on Friday. On Saturday there was a Long Distance on the map Skřítek and on Sunday the selections ended up with a Middle Distance on a small, rocky area. Jan Petrzela won the 3.000 metres while Milos Nykodym was the best in the forest races. As for the Women, Dana Safka Brozková won the Long Distance and Denisa Kosová performed better than anyone else in the Middle Distance and 3.000 metres. The athletes selected are Vendula Horčičková, Adélka Indráková, Adélka Jakobová, Jana Knapová, Denisa Kosová, Michaela Omová and Dana Šafka Brožková, in the Women; the Men are Daniel Hájek, Vojtěch Král, Pavel Kubát, Tomáš Kubelka, Miloš Nykodým, Jan Petržela, Jan Procházka and Jan Šedivý. To see detailed information, please go to http://news.worldofo.com/2016/04/27/czech-eoc-selection-team-maps-results/.

3. From 20th to 24th April, the region of Åhus, Sweden, received the MTBO Camp 2016. Organized by the OK Øst Birkerød, Denmark, and OK Pan-Kristianstad, Sweden, the event called the attention of about three hundred participants from 15 countries, offering a several different races in terms of its format and distance. The offer included two stages scoring for the IOF MTBO World Ranking, one in the Sprint Distance and another of Middle Distance. The Sprint stage had in the Russian Grigory Medvedev (Cube Russia Team) and the Finnish Marika Hara (Team Finland) the big winners, while the Swedish Marcus Jansson (Garphyttans IF) and again Marika Hara took the first places in the Middle Distance stage. The Finnish Ingrid Stengård and Eeva-Liisa Hakala achieved, respectively, the second and third places in both stages, while in Men the Russian Ruslan Gritsan (Shimano Bergamont) and the Czech Radek Laciga (CZE Elite) followed Medvedev in the Sprint and the Finnish Jussi Laurila (Team Finland) and the Danish Allan Jensen (OK Pan Arhus) were second and third in the Middle Distance stage. Overall, Medvedev and Hara were the big winners of MTBO Camp 2016. All to check in http://www.mtbocamp.dk/2016/.

4. The Spanish Football League (La Liga), the Spanish Sports Superior Council and the Spanish Sports Association presented LaLiga4Sports, a project born to give visibility to the 64 sport federations in Spain. The official presentation took place in the Madrid Architects Official College with the presence of representatives of all sports federations, including Victor García Berenguer, President of the Spanish Orienteering Federation and Andreu Blanes, one of the leading exponents of Orienteering in that country and 7th classified in the Sprint final of the World Orienteering Championships WOC 2015 (Inverness, Scotland). “This is a great initiative, but with a long way to go before it proves 100% productive”, Blanes states. The athlete believes that “people directly involved in the process are very committed with the so-called small sports” but, again, his idea is that “it’s necessary to give time to see how it works”. To the Portuguese Orienteering Blog, the Spanish Orienteering Federation's Secretariat confirmed that the Spanish Football League will annually allocate some money to the sports federations, according to their visibility. The condition is investing the money in the High Competition and, at the same time, some resources may be used to advertise LaLiga4Sports. Jesús De Miguel add that “last year the FEDO received 19,000 Euros, from a total of 6,000,000 Euros shared by all Federations.”

Joaquim Margarido

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