1. Timo Ritakallio, former IOF Council member and soon the President of the Finnish Olympic Committee, is proposing that Finland would apply for organizing the Winter Olympic Games in 2026 with Sweden. In a large interview he gave to Lauri Nurmi and published last 24th November at Turun Sanomat [HERE], Ritakallio talks about the Olympics in the future and its quest for a sustainable development, introducing Finland as being ready to work in an application looking forward the 2026 Winter Games. To start with the project, extending the idea to the sports community, the municipalities and the government and generating a national debate on how to apply for the Games seems to be the priority on Ritakallio's agenda. If the dream will come true, Ritakallio relies on the fact that he would love to see the Ski orienteering among the Olympic sports.
2. Orienteering Australia is looking for candidates who would be interested in coming to the country to help fellow Orienteers both young and old improve their orienteering skills. This is an exciting opportunity for young people to visit Australia and coach orienteering or make maps. To live with local families and have fun orienteering are between the offers. “If you are attracted to beautiful beaches, friendly people and wildlife but most of all orienteering, we would like to hear from you”, can be read at http://scholar.orienteering.asn.au. Applications for this round are open until 30th November.
3. Elite athletes running parts of the courses together is something that harms both athletes and spectators. Longer start interval, better forking or maybe a completely new format are some of the suggested solutions in a beautiful article published last Tuesday by the International Orienteering Federation. Along the article, we can see Ida Bobach, the chairperson of the FootO Athletes' Commission, supporting “a longer start interval” and, at the same time, Jørn Sundby, Senior Event Adviser of the World Orienteering Championships defending that “two minutes start interval is a maximum” because of live TV-broadcasting reasons. The experienced WOC-commentator Per Forsberg, the Long Distance World Champion, Olav Lundanes, or the former coach of the Swedish, Norwegian and British national teams, Göran Andersson, join the debate with interesting opinions. Everything to read at http://orienteering.org/long-distance-for-discussion/.
[Photo: Kari Pullinen / Helsingin Sanomat / hs.fi]