The latest victim of the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is the European Junior and Youth Orienteering Championships 2020, which was scheduled to be held in Salgótarján, Hungary between 24th-26th April 2021. The main reason for the cancellation of the evnt is the unpredictability of the current situation – regarding travel, accommodation, requirements for vaccination and onsite COVID testing, etc.
EYOC 2020 should have originally taken place in June 2020, but was in a decision in April 2020 postponed to a later date. In July, after the cancellation of JWOC 2020 in Turkey, Hungary was asked to organise junior categories also in the framework of EYOC and thus also awarding Junior European titles. The event was rescheduled for October 2020. After the second wave of the pandemic started, the October version also had to be cancelled and the new dates were announced for April 2021.
The event in Hungary will be moved to 2022 as the ‘ordinary’ European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC 2022), while EYOC 2021 will be organised in Lithuania (19th-22nd August 2021) as planned.
Hungary is also set to organise the World Masters Orienteering Championships (WMOC) between 7th-13th August 2021. Information from the Hungarian government suggests, that the organisation of this event is not in danger at the current time. A decison regarding WMOC will be made approximately May 1, 2021.