Things are going fast for the Chilean Orienteering Federation. A month ago, they became one of the latest full members of the IOF, and in late October they will host the South American Orienteering Championships (SAOC) 2016.
– We want to make orienteering known to the Chilean people. We hope that the South American Orienteering Championships on home ground will motivate people to participate in future competitions and we are sure it will help us to promote orienteering, says Kai Ostermann, event director of SAOC 2016.
The competitors can look forward to three high-level events. The Sprint distance takes place in the streets of the amazing hills of Valparaíso, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where spectacular scenery awaits the participants. The Long and Middle distances will be held in the national park Lago Peñuelas, a little outside Valparaíso.
The Chilean Orienteering Federation has taken big steps in the right direction recent years. That were recognized by the IOF General Assembly in Strömstad, Sweden this year and, together with 12 other federations, Chile became a full member of the IOF.
[Press release from the International Orienteering Federation 2016-10-03]