Friday, June 17, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...



1. Preparing the MTBO World Cup 2017 and the World MTBO Championships 2018, the Austrian Orienteering Federation organized last weekend, the MTBO Austria Cup. With the Austrian Championships of Middle Distance taking place on Saturday and MTBO Austria Cup Long Distance closing the event, both competitions scored for the IOF MTBO World Ranking and had been attended by 300 competitors from seven different nations. Important tests for those who will be present next month in Portugal, in the World MTBO Championships, the event had in the Austrian Marina Reiner (Naturfreunde Villach – Oriente) its brightest star. On the first day she got a close win of 9 seconds on the Lithuanian Karolina Mickeviciute (OK Fortuna) and on the second she was 1:12 faster than the Slovakian Stanislava Fajtova (VBA ŠK VAZKA Bratislava). Reiner got her first title in Middle Distance, overthrowing the legendary Michaela Gigon, now second in the national competition. The Men Elite class saw the six times individual World Champion Ruslan Gritsan (Shimano Bergamont), Russia, winning the first day's competition, 37 seconds ahead of the Austrian Tobias Breitschädel (ASKÖ Henndorf). On the last day, Andreas Waldmann (OLT Transdanubien), Austria, got a comfortable 1:40 winning on the Czech Vojtech Stransky. Results, maps, photos and much more to know at http://www.wmtboc2018.at/wre2016/.

2. Well known for its carpets, beautiful white houses and tasteful wine, Arraiolos hosted the Portuguese Orienteering Championships of Middle Distance and Relay 2016. Organized by GafanhOri, Gafanhoeira Orienteering Club – Arraiolos, the event took place last weekend, attracting 430 competitors. João Mega Figueredo (CN Alvito) and Mariana Moreira (CPOC) got the Middle Distance titles in the Elite class, followed respectively by Tiago Gingão Leal and Liliana Oliveira, both from GD4C. Rafael Miguel (OriEstarreja) and Patrícia Casalinho (COC) closed the podium. 114 teams took part in the Relay, with GD4C (Tiago Gingão Leal, Filipe Farinha and Alfredo Gualdino) and CPOC (Vera Alvarez, Beatriz Moreira and Mariana Moreira) taking the gold in the Men Elite class and Women Elite class, respectively. ADFA and CN Alvito followed the GD4C in the Men class, while COC and GC4C were second and third, respectively, in the Women class. Complete results and further information at http://gafanhori.wix.com/cndme2016.

3. The Italian Luca Dallavalle is, since last 13th June, the new leader of the IOF MTBO World Ranking. World Champion in Sprint - title achieved in August 2015 in Liberec, Czech Republic -, Dallavalle replaces in the first position the Russian Anton Foliforov, after a long reign of 759 consecutive days. The changes in the Men ranking are punctual, with the French Baptiste Fuchs and Cédric Beill to register the most significant falls. The Portuguese Davide Machado moved up one position and occupies now the 19th place. In the women's ranking, the Czech Martina Tichovská and the British Emily Benham continue to occupy by this order the two first positions. Here too, the changes are minor, with the Swedish Cecilia Thomasson, who decided not to compete this season, recording the biggest loss. The Spanish Monica Aguilera keeps the upward trend and, after a four-position profit, occupies now the 36th place. The complete rankings can be consulted at http://ranking.orienteering.org/Ranking.

4. To improve the IT quality at Championships and World Cup events, the IOF Council has decided on the immediate implementation of a new set of recommendations. “The aim is to secure high quality events. With today’s online possibilities, IT is the most important component for increasing and improving the visibility of orienteering. It has unfortunately also proven to be the most complex and sensitive part of event organisation”, says IOF CEO Tom Hollowell. The new recommendations have three main parts; IT Quality Requirements documents, which the IT Commission has been developing, will be finalised and included in the contracts between the IOF and event organisers, an IT Senior Event Advisor role will be instituted for all major events, and the IOF office will accredit and contract with service providers for timekeeping, punching and GPS systems. The background to these recommendations is trouble with punching and timekeeping systems at events during the last few years. The recommendations are based on an analysis of the overall scope of IT requirements, carried out by the IT commission at the request of the IOF Council, following the cancelled World Cup event in Sweden last summer. “The recommendations are aimed at facilitating the work of event organisers regarding the wide range of IT systems at an IOF major event, and will hopefully reduce the number of IT related errors organisers have had to deal with”, says Tom Hollowell.

[Photo: Paul Grün / picasaweb.google.com]

Joaquim Margarido

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