Orienteering season kicks off in Sweden and France on IOF TV this weekend

This weekend, IOF TV invites you to come along to some of the first European FootO-races of 2024, with broadcasts from Swedish League, Swedish Relay League and the French Championships in Sprint Relay.

Thousands of orienteers are heading to southern Sweden, where the two first races of this year’s Swedish League are held and on Sunday, the first race of the newly formed Swedish Relay League takes place.

Friday and Saturday is all about individual races, with a long and middle distance respectively in the forests north of Kristianstad. The 2024 Swedish League contains 11 races from March to September and has huge starting fields in the elite classes.

On Friday and Saturday, you can follow the simple productions with arena speaker audio, cameras at Finish, in the forest and GPS tracking for free on IOF TV.

The production from the long distance begins at 10.30 and the middle distance is on from 9.40 – both CET (UTC+1)

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Great relay action awaits
On Sunday, it is time for a premiere, when Swedish Relay League kicks off. It consists of seven
races during the season, with the first being Göingestafetten this Sunday.

Here, 105 teams have registered to compete in the women’s relay and 194 teams are racing in the men’s competition.

It is a three-leg relay in Middle Distance format with expected winning times of appox. 35 minutes per leg. There will be cameras at arena, tv-controls, live drone coverage and live GPS-tracking.

Per Forsberg takes care of the Swedish commentary and Jonas Merz will guide you through the relays in English.

The broadcast is on from 9.15 to 13.30 CEST (UTC +2) and the tickets are 6 EUR (includes both Swedish and English commentary.)

Women’s relay begin at 9.30 and the men start at 11.30.

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Sprint Relay in Provence
On Monday, we have got something completely different lined up for you: The French Championship in Sprint Relay from southern France.

During the easter, the French orienteers will decide their Middle distance championships, club championships before they crown their sprint relays champions in Saint-Maximin, in Provence.

Expect flat and fast orienteering for the 63 teams, that have entered the race for the championships title.

Jonas Merz takes care of the English commentary on IOF TV and the French viewers can follow the race on TV8 Mont Blanc.

Broadcast from 9.45 – 11.30 CEST (UTC+2) and tickets for 6 EUR.

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