1. Six intense orienteering days, two days of training, 6 stages of competition, 169 different courses, 365 controls placed on the terrain, 51 competition and open classes, three municipalities involved and a total of 2,467 participants from 36 countries. These are the final numbers of the biggest Portugal O' Meeting ever. For those who haven't been in Alter do Chão, Crato and Portalegre, from February 25th to 28th, here is the extended summary, in a 25-minute film that was broadcasted on the Portuguese public television last Sunday. A great way to revisit the dream terrains of Alto Alentejo and to re-vibrate intensely with the best that Orienteering has to give us. Everything to see at https://youtu.be/I-VImO1A4_g.
2. It wasn't only in Portugal that MTB Orienteering was in focus last weekend. In Hungary, too, took place the Balaton MTBO, an event organized by the Hangya SZKE club, which brought together to Csopak, on the northern shore of Lake Balaton, almost 100 riders from Hungary, Austria, France and Slovakia. The French Yoann Garde and Hana Garde, both representing Team Elite MTBO, were the big winners in the Elite category in both stages, a Middle Distance on the first day and a Free Order stage on the second day. The fight for the immediate places in the Men's class was tough, particularly on the second day, in which the Hungarians Csaba Bedö, László Rózsa and András Holluby occupied by this order the immediate positions, with only 6 seconds of difference between each other. Hana Garde had an apparently simpler task, winning comfortably both stages, with the veteran Hungarian Veronika Cseh taking the second place, with disadvantages over than three minutes in the Middle Distance stage and eight minutes in the Free Order stage. Results and other information can be seen at http://mtbo.hu/balatonmtbo/en/.
3. With the presence of President Leho Haldna and the counselors, the International Orienteering Federation joined in Madrid, last weekend, having approved a set of measures with effect as of this year. Is in this case the approval of the International Specification for Orienteering Maps ISOM 2017. For IOF events between 1 May and 31 December 2017, both ISOM 2000 and ISOM 2017 could be accepted, but which map standard is used at the event must be clearly stated in the Bulletin(s) for the event. For all events after 1 January 2018, ISOM 2017 should be used unless there are contractual limitations which would prevent this. The Council also approved the program proposed by the IOF Foot Orienteering Commission regarding WOC from 2019 and the proposal from the IOF Ski Orienteering Commission to appoint the European Ski Orienteering Championships (ESOC) 2019 to Turkey during the dates 4–12 February 2019. Other subject discussed by the Council was a positive doping case in an athlete participating in a Foot Orienteering World Ranking Event in Brasília, Brazil, in September 2016. When charged with the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV), the athlete accepted a provisional suspension whilst awaiting the decision of the hearing body of the CBO. They determined that the athlete had not committed the ADRV willfully, and therefore sanctioned them with a period of ineligibility of six months, starting on 24 November 2016, and the athlete’s results connected to the event at which the ADRV occurred have been disqualified. The council decided not to appeal the decision in this case. The IOF will work with the CBO to offer support in the Anti-Doping education of its athletes. The minutes of IOF Council Meeting can be seen HERE.
4. A new Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships WOC 2017 web page was launched a week ago, with an in-depth interview of the Long Distance course-setter Tõnis Erm. So far, you can also read interviews with top athletes Oleksandr Kratov and Marika Teini, Evely Kaasiku, one of the best Estonian orienteers and Meelis Mälberg, Chairman of the Organizing Committee and Member of the Parliament of Estonia. Take a look at http://woc2017.ee/ and see by yourself!