Friday, January 13, 2017

Two or three things I know about it...



1. The Spanish Orienteering Federation has just published the final calendar of events for this season, which includes 12 Foot orienteering events, 12 Sprint events, 8 ultrascore-rogaine events, 6 MTBO events and 6 Adventure Races events. As for the FootO, the first event – WRE 15th Costa Blanca Trophy - will take place in Santa Pola (Alicante) on 4th and 5th February. The season lasts until the last weekend of November, when the 2nd Ciudad Rodrigo Trophy will be held. In the meantime, the the Spanish Orienteering Championship WRE, in Miraflores (Madrid), as usual during the Easter period, will attract the attention. Full information at http://www.fedo.org/web/ultimas-noticias/2646-calendario-fedo-de-2017.
2. The Finns Tuomo Istolahti (Kangasala SK) and Tiia Miettinen (MS Parma) were the winners of the 9th Madeira Orienteering Meeting, respectively in Men and Women Elite classes. Organized by the Clube Aventura da Madeira and divided in two Middle Distance stages, the event took place last weekend, with the presence of 138 orienteers from regional clubs of Madeira Island, some continental athletes, as well as athletes from Finland, France and Russia. Istolahti achieved comfortable wins in both stages, finishing with a 6:42 overall advantage over Nelson Baroca (CA Madeira), second placed. Tiia Miettinen did the same as Istolahti, winning clearly in the two days and leaving the second classified, Sónia Silva (GDE), at the distance of 21 minutes. Full results at http://mom.camadeira.com/.

3. It’s time now to vote to the IWGA Athlete of the Year 2016. For the poll, the International World Games Association selected sixteen candidates from sixteen different sports and representing twelve nations. Between the nominated, there's a Water-skier from the United States, a Karateka from Egypt, a Sumo-wrestler from Mongolia, a Roller-skater from Italy, a Floorball player from Finland or an Orienteer from Sweden. We talk about Tove Alexandersson, a 24-year-old athlete, that has had a fantastic orienteering season. She was crowned World Champion in both the Long and Middle Distance at the World Orienteering Championships on home ground in August 2016. She also claimed the Long and Middle Distance titles at the European Championships in the Czech Republic in May. For the third year in a row, Tove won the overall World Cup in Orienteering. In the 2015-2016 season she also won the overall World Cup in Ski Orienteering. Her year has gained her a nomination as Female Athlete of the Year in Sweden. To give your vote to Tove Alexandersson, you just need to enter the IWGA webpage at http://www.theworldgames.org/the-iwga/athlete-of-the-month/36-athlete-of-the-year-2016. Until 31st January, you may vote as many times you want but... just once a day!

4. “To analyze, study and understand the sport tourism from all points of view, inclusive, transversal and universal form”, such was the aim of the Universal Sport Tourism Summit 2017 Costa Blanca, which took place in Alicante, Spain, from 9th to 11th January. The event had presentations of some of the most representative and the most prestigious names in the organization of sporting and tourist events internationally, bringing their ideas and energizing and consolidating the sector. Simon Gravelling, from the Olympic Games organization, Michel Filliau, Senior Advisor to the President of Sportaccord or Jens V. Holm, IMGA's CEO were some of the speakers. All information available at http://universalsportstourism.com/.

Joaquim Margarido

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