International Orienteering Federation https://orienteering.sport Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:49:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.4 Kasper Fosser chases second World Cup win in Davos https://orienteering.sport/kasper-fosser-chases-second-world-cup-win-in-davos/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 09:46:56 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62681 Kasper Fosser (NOR) had a phenomenal finish to last year’s World Cup season, where he won both individual races in Italy and thereby secured his first overall World Cup victory by nearly 100 points.

Going into this year’s World Cup final in Switzerland, Fosser’s lead is not as big – but there’s still an advantage of 42 points before the races in Davos Klosters this weekend.

Kasper Fosser won the overall World Cup last year ahead of Matthias Kyburz and Daniel Hubmann (both SUI). Photo: IOF/William Hollowell

Fosser and the rest of the orienteering elite has something special coming for them: A relay on Saturday, Middle distance on Sunday and a Long distance Monday – all taking place between 1500 and 2000 meters above sea level in the Swiss Alps.

In other words: Difficult orienteering on steep slopes, where the athletes’ physical skills of running in mountains will be put to a test.

The shape is coming back
Kasper Fosser’s specific preparations for the World Cup Final – and next year’s World Orienteering Championships in Flims Laax began in August, where he was on the Norwegian national team’s training camp in Switzerland.

– So, I know a little about how it’s going to be, and I think it will be a challenging terrain for everyone with climbs and steep slopes – steeper than we are used to in Norway. But hopefully it will be a nice, fast ground and some fun orienteering, Fosser says.

The 23-year-old Norwegian had a great start to the international season, where he won the individual sprint in Borås, Sweden in May after returning from an injury.

In June, he won the Sprint World Championship race in Denmark and in August, he was fourth on the EOC Long distance and part of the gold winning Norwegian relay team as well.

– There has been quite a lot of time to change the training and adapt to the physical part at least. I have been able to train quite well since EOC and I feel that my shape is coming back after not being that great in forest this year. But it takes a lot of preparation to be as good as the Swiss guys in this type of terrain. So, every hour on maps in Switzerland is worth a lot, Kasper Fosser says.

Fosser on his way to the exchange after second leg of the EOC relay, which he won with Magne Dæhli and Eskil Kinneberg in August. Photo: IOF / Donatas Lazauskas

“Good chance” to defend World Cup title
In the World Cup standings, Kasper Fosser has 222 points after the first four races. Sweden’s EOC Long distance champion Martin Regborn is second with 180 points, and his compatriot Gustav Bergman occupies third place after earning 173 points so far.

Sprint distance specialist Tim Robertson (NZL) is fourth (160) points, and the highest ranked “Swiss guy” is Matthias Kyburz in fifth position with 157 points. Unfortunately, he suffered a foot injury and has withdrawn from the races in Davos to recover. Fosser’s fellow Norwegian, Eskil Kinneberg has 151 and rounds off the top 6.

When asked about his chances of repeating the overall World Cup win, Fosser replies:

– I think I have a good chance. Especially now that Matthias Kyburz is not on the start line, because he would be hard to beat there. I calculated, that if he won both distances this weekend, which I think would be possible, I would have to be second and third. Now I have a little more margin, so I don’t need to do perfect races, but I have to do two very steady races.

Fighting for seconds
But this does not mean that Kasper Fosser will use defensive tactics, when he leaves the start in Davos Höhwald on Sunday and Monday.

– No matter where I am in the overall standings, I still want to be on top in the individual races as well. So, I am going to fight for every second in the forest.

With Matthias Kyburz out of the equation, it isn’t easy for Kasper Fosser to pick out the greatest favorite to win the two individual races.

– It’s hard to tell. I have never competed in international forest races in Switzerland. But I do think the Swiss guys will be good, as they always are in Switzerland. The Swedes showed great shape in Estonia, and though this is completely different, I think they will be hard to beat. I hope I am the one they should be looking out for, but we will see, Kasper Fosser says with a smile on his face.

Follow Kasper Fosser and the rest of the orienteering elite this weekend at IOF LIVE’s Web-TV with English commentary. 15 EUR for all races – 6 EUR for one.

Go to IOF LIVE

The competitions will be broadcasted in Sweden, Norway, Finland, France and Switzerland. Find the details here:

Program (local time is CEST – UTC +2):

Saturday, Oct. 1
Relay
Web-TV 11.50 – 16.00
First start 12.00/14.00 Men/Women

Sunday, Oct. 2
Middle distance
First start 9.20/9.50 Women/Men
Web-TV: 11.35 – 15.00

Monday, Oct. 3
Long distance
First start 9.15/9.40 Women/Men
Web-TV: 13.00 – 17.30

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The World Cup season will come to a breathtaking end in the Alps https://orienteering.sport/the-world-cup-season-will-come-to-at-breathtaking-end-in-the-alps/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 19:02:54 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62667 The international orienteering season will come to a spectacular end this weekend, when Switzerland hosts the World Cup round 3 in Davos Klosters.

All three competitions: Relay, Middle distance and Long distance take place in altitudes between 1500 – 2000 meters above sea level, putting the world’s best orienteers physical, technical and mental skills to a test.

Saturday’s relays will take the runners the farthest up – to Madrisa between 1700 and 2000 meters and will offer lots of hills to climb and so will the individual races on Sunday and Monday, that happen closer to Davos.

Besides competing for the World Cup glory, the races will give the orienteering elite a taste of what’s to come at next year’s World Orienteering Championships at Flims Laax 50 kilometers more to the west.

Everything is at stake
The World Cup round in Davos Klosters features race 7, 8 and 9 in this year’s edition, that began in Borås, Sweden in May with three sprint races and was followed by three forest races at the European Orienteering Championships outside Rakvere, Estonia in august.

Three World Cup titles are at stake: Women’s, Men’s and the Team World Cup – and no athlete or nation can be sure to take the overall win, despite some large leads in the Women’s and Team competition.

Tove Alexandersson won the overall World Cup for the seventh time last year in Italy. Simona Aebersold took her second World Cup silver in a row and Hanna Lundberg (SWE) was third. Photo: IOF/William Hollowell

Tove Alexandersson (SWE) looks to be on her way to her eighth overall World Cup title in a row after another superior start to the season, where she won both individual races in Sweden in May and took a silver medal at the EOC Long distance in Estonia.

Alexandersson has scored 307 points and Simona Aebersold (SUI) is in second place with 217 points after her middle distance victory at EOC. The third place is occupied by another EOC champion, Venla Harju (FIN) who won the long distance and took bronze on middle distance in Estonia. She now has 194 World Cup points.

Kasper Fosser won the overall World Cup 2021 ahead of Matthias Kyburz (SUI) and Daniel Hubmann (SUI). Photo: IOF/William Hollowell

Can Fosser repeat his win
In the men’s World Cup, Kasper Fosser (NOR) must be the favorite to repeat his overall win from last season. Fosser won the individual sprint in Sweden in May, has two fourth place finishes and currently leads the standings with 222 points.

Sweden’s Martin Regborn climbed to second place after his long distance win at EOC and has 180 points. Fellow Swede Gustav Bergman is on Regborn’s tail – seven points behind on third place.

Five times World Cup winner Matthias Kyburz holds the fifth place in the standings but has withdrawn from the races in Davos due to a foot injury.

In the Team World Cup standings, Sweden has a huge lead after winning both the sprint relay in Borås and the women’s relay at EOC, where the Swedish men finished second. Sweden has 5480 points ahead of Norway (3866 points) and Switzerland (3606 points).

Go to World Cup standings

All three races can be followed closely on Web-TV at IOF LIVE with English commentary by Katherine Bett and Jonas Merz. Tickets for 6/15 EUR for one/all competitions. There will be live results and GPS-tracking as well.

Go to IOF LIVE to get your ticket now.

The competitions will be broadcasted in Sweden, Norway, Finland, France and Switzerland. Find the details here:

Program (local time is CEST – UTC +2):

Saturday, Oct. 1
Relay
Web-TV 11.50 – 16.00
First start 12.00/14.00 Men/Women

Sunday, Oct. 2
Middle distance
First start 9.20/9.50 Women/Men
Web-TV: 11.35 – 15.00

Monday, Oct. 3
Long distance
First start 9.15/9.40 Women/Men
Web-TV: 13.00 – 17.30

Go to organiser homepage

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Invitation to FootO Clinic in Spain https://orienteering.sport/invitation-to-footo-clinic-in-spain/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:49:55 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62435 The IOF Foot Orienteering Commission and Rules Commission welcome you to an IOF Event Advisers’ Clinic in La Marina, Spain.

The Clinic is to be held the 11th to 13th November in Spain.

The Event Advisers’ Clinic is organised for the education and recruitment of new IOF licensed Foot Orienteering Event Advisers. The clinic is also open for experienced organisers who want to play major roles in organising future high level IOF events (WOC, World Cup, WMOC, EYOC, etc.) but do not necessarily want to become an Event Adviser.

Course leader will be Unni Strand Karlsen (NOR), IOF FootO Commission.

You can find the invitation and the entry form here: Invitation and Entry Form to the Clinic

 

 

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CX80 MTBO World Cup: Czechia wins relay – and Team World Cup https://orienteering.sport/cx80-mtbo-world-cup-czechia-wins-relay-and-team-world-cup/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 18:12:55 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62476 Czechia won the last international MTBO race of the 2022 season: The mixed relay at the CX80 MTBO World Cup in Bulgaria and therefore also the overall Team World Cup.

The mixed relay was held in Momino forest – just as the long distance yesterday – and consisted of three legs. Most of the teams rode with a woman on the first leg and two men on the final legs.

But Poland started out with Bartosz Niebielski on the first leg, who went into the exchange in the lead. Women’s world cup winner Camilla Søgaard (DEN) was 1.40 minutes behind, and U23 Sprint World Champion Kaarina Nurminen (FIN) was third – 5.14 behind.

On the second leg, Vojtech Ludvik (CZE) had another great race in Bulgaria after his two wins Friday and Saturday and went into the exchange in the lead with a margin of just more than a minute to France and Lithuania in third position.

Men’s world cup winner Krystof Bogar kept Czechia’s lead and crossed the finish line ahead of Lithuania and Italy, which was respectively 1 and 2 minutes behind.

Before the race, Czechia and Finland shared the first place in the CX80 Team World Cup, but the superior performance today from Ludvik, Bogar and first leg rider Marie Kamarytova secured Czechia’s overall win.

Go to TV, results and GPS-tracking at IOF LIVE.

The WMMTBOC-athletes had their final race as well today – the Middle distance. Find the results here.

Photo: Lars Gustafsson / WMTBOC 2022

 

 

 

 

 

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CX80 MTBO World Cup: Danish women sweep the medals, as Ludvik takes another win https://orienteering.sport/cx80-mtbo-world-cup-danish-women-sweep-the-medals-as-ludvik-takes-another-win/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 17:05:44 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62457 The world’s best MTBO athletes saw a very different challenge compared to yesterday’s sprint, when the long distance was on at the CX80 MTBO World Cup in Bulgaria.

More than 30 kilometers on the bike in both classes and more than 600 meters to climb along the way in Momino forest west of Targovishte.

Nonetheless the winners were the same as on the Sprint: Camilla Søgaard (DEN) sealed her overall World Cup victory by winning after more than 91 minutes in the saddle. Compatriot Cæcilie Christoffersen had a great race and finished second a minute behind Søgaard and with yet another Dane, Nikoline Splittorff in third place.

With her fourth World Cup win this season, Søgaard rounds off the season with impressive 340 points out of 360 possible. Splittorff secured her overall second place with 271 points, 29 points ahead of Ruska Saarela in third.

Another Ludvik-victory
In the mens overall World Cup, Vojtech Ludvik (CZE) was stumbling close to Krystof Bogar’s (CZE) first place after today’s win, but Bogar’s lead with 271 points was impossible to catch – Ludvik was three points behind. Samuel Pokala (FIN) is not racing in Bulgaria, but he scored enough points earlier in the season to finish in third place.

Despite racing for more than an hour and a half, Ludvik won by a narrower margin today compared to yesterday. Andreas Waldmann (AUT) was 7 seconds slower and Davide Marchado (POR) 15 seconds further down.

U23 golds for Denmark and Lithuania
The long distance was another World Championship race for the U23-riders, were Nikoline Splittorff won and swapped places with Kaarina Nurminen (FIN) compared to the sprint. Iris Aurora Pecorari (ITA) won the bronze again.

Ignas Ambrazas (LTU) won the U23 men’s race with Jan Hasek (CZE) and Silas Hotz (SUI) behind him on the podium.

The new U23 World Cup was decided as well today with an exciting finish in the men’s class. Jan Hasek’s second place was just enough for him to stay in first place and take the overall win 15 points ahead of Ignas Ambrazas. Miika Nurmi (FIN) stayed ahead Silas Hotz in the fight for third place.

Nikoline Splittorff scored the maximum 300 points and won a clear overall victory ahead of Saara Yli Hietanen (FIN), who was just one point ahead of Lucie Rudkiewicz (FRA) in third.

Go to results, TV and GPS-tracking from today at IOF LIVE.

Tomorrow’s relay will decide the CX80 Team World Cup, where Finland and Czechia shares the first place. Sweden is third.

Follow the relay at IOF LIVE from 9.30 EEST (UTC+3).

The WMMTBOC-athletes fought for long distance medals as well today, find the results at the organisers homepage.

Photo: Vladislev Rusev Photography

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CX80 MTBO World Cup: Søgaard and Saarela share win, Ludvik superior in men’s https://orienteering.sport/cx80-mtbo-world-cup-sogaard-and-saarela-share-win-ludvik-superior-in-mens/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 15:39:29 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62444 The CX80 MTBO World Cup Round 3 got off to a fast start in the Bulgarian sun with the Sprint in the city of Kardam.

The dense network of paths and roads in the flat and complex sprint terrain seemed to suit women’s World Cup leader Camilla Søgaard (DEN) well, as she crossed the finish line with the fastest time of the day. But just minutes later, Ruska Saarela (FIN) went in to the finish with the exact same time, 17.11 minutes to tie for the win.

Another Finn, Marika Hara was eight seconds slower in third position and the European Long Distance champion Gabriele Andrasiuniene (LTU) finished fourth seven seconds further behind.

Søgaards victory was her third in this year’s CX80 World Cup and with a lead of 71 points, she is now certain to win the overall World Cup of 2022. Her first overall WC win after finishing second twice.

Nikoline Splittorff (DEN) is still in second position with 254 points, with Ruska Saarela 25 points behind before the final race, Long distance tomorrow.

The men’s overall World Cup was decided as well today after Vojtech Ludvik (CZE) took an impressive win. He won by 42 seconds, with Jonas Maiselis (LTU) in second and fellow Czech Martin Kanta in third.

World Cup leader Krystof Bogar (CZE) was more than a minute behind, but as he kept Marcus Jansson (SWE) behind him, and with Samuel Pokala (FIN) and Simon Braendli (SUI) not racing in Bulgaria – Bogar can’t be caught and returns to the World Cup throne for the first time since 2018.

Ludvik and Jansson still has the chance to take over Pokala’s second place with a great race tomorrow.

Go to CX80 World Cup standings.

Today’s race was also the first ever U23 World MTBO Championship race and what a start for the new class! Kaarina Nurminen (FIN) won by just one second, with Nikoline Splittorff (DEN) in silver position and bronze for Iris Aurora Pecorari (ITA).

Bartosz Niebielski (POL) was crowned U23 Men’s World Champion after winning by 15 seconds. Ignas Ambrazas (LTU) beat Miika Nurmi (FIN) by two seconds in the fight for the silver.

Dive into the results, GPS and TV from today’s race at IOF LIVE.

The Long distance in the Momino forest tomorrow is the last race of the individual CX80 World Cup 2022.

Follow the basic TV-production, live GPS and live results on IOF LIVE from 12.00 EEST (UTC+3).

The World Masters MTBO Championships takes place at the same time. Find results on the organisers homepage here.

Photo: Vladislav Rusev Photography

Go to Facebook photo album

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Camilla Søgaard reaches out for overall CX80 MTBO World Cup win https://orienteering.sport/camilla-sogaard-reaches-out-for-overall-cx80-mtbo-world-cup-win/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 15:30:55 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62404 When the CX80 MTBO World Cup Round 3 kicks off with the Sprint in Bulgaria Friday morning, Camilla Søgaard will ride with butterflies in her stomach under the Danish national team shirt.

The 31-year-old Dane has a huge lead of 69 points in the World Cup standings before the Sprint and Long distances in Bulgaria, that will decide the overall CX80 World Cup 2022.

– I’m really looking forward to the races. I have never been racing in Bulgaria before, but the videos I’ve seen on Facebook looks promising as well as the old maps of the forest area, Camilla Søgaard says.

In addition to the two individual races, the World Cup Round 3 ends with a mixed relay in the forest.

Off-track riding
In northeastern Bulgaria where the races take place, the MTBO athletes will be allowed to ride off the tracks and through the terrain, and there’s a chance for controls in the terrain as well.

– It’s a lot different compared to what we are used to in Denmark and the WMTBOC in Sweden, so I’m excited to see what the forest is like: If it is worthwhile going through the terrain and how dense it is outside the tracks. And because we haven’t been there before, we don’t have any knowledge to draw on. So, we’ll have to wait for the model event on Thursday to see. I think it is a cool challenge, Søgaard says.

Impressive season
The World Cup leader travels to Targovishte in Bulgaria with lots of confidence after a great season so far. She won a gold medal in sprint at the European MTBO Championships in Lithuania in May, and two months later she brought home impressive five medals from five races at the World Championships in Sweden with the Mass start gold medal shining the most.

When asked how she managed to do so well this season, there is no clear answer. But several things might play a role in her success.

– I think that I found a calmness around that I’m able to perform. So, I don’t stress after making a small mistake. I know that I’m able to race fast and orienteer well at the same time, she says and continues:

– I’ve been working full time for the last year and a half, so I haven’t been able to train as much as when I was studying. In the beginning, I was frustrated but I have settled more into the fact that it’s the terms. I ride my bike to and from work, so that’s an hour of cycling every day, and when I’m out training, I make an extra effort now, Camilla Søgaard says.

Chasing first overall World Cup victory
At home, Camilla Søgaard has WMTBOC gold medals from Long distance, Mass Start and Relay and several other championships medals – but there is still room for the first overall World Cup victory after she finished second in 2018 and 2021.

– I really hope I can finish off the season by winning the overall World Cup. The overall victory shows who is the best over the course of a whole season. It’s hard to compare to a gold medal at the WMTBOC, but it’s definitely up there. I was so close last year – just one place better in one of the competitions, and I would have won. So, it would mean a lot to me. But nothing is decided, so I still must race well, Camilla Søgaard says.

Top performing Danes
Her main competitor to the overall World Cup title is fellow Dane Nikoline Splittorff, who is in second spot with 226 points.

Splittorff won the Middle distance at the World Championships in July and has the chance to overtake Søgaard’s World Cup lead with some great perfomances in Bulgaria this weekend.

– It’s great to have another Dane pushing me. She keeps such a high level and has been doing so since she started. Together with Cæcilie Christoffersen we were been able to win the WMTBOC Relay last year and took silver in Sweden. It’s awesome that we have been perfoming so well, even though we are not that many MTBO athletes in Denmark, Camilla Søgaard says.

– Of course, both of us want to win, but if she’s better than me in Bulgaria: Hats off to her! I’ll congratulate her, because we can easily be happy for each other. But in the forest, we’ll fight for it, she says.

Follow all the CX80 World Cup races in Bulgaria at IOF LIVE – there will be a basic TV production, live GPS-tracking and live results.

Go to CX80 World Cup standings

Program for CX80 MTBO World Cup Round 3
(Time Zone – EEST UTC+3):

Friday, Sep. 16
11.30 Sprint, first start

Saturday, Sep. 17
12.00 Long distance, first start

Sunday, Sep. 18
9.30 Mixed Relay, mass start

Photo: Lars Gustafsson / WMTBOC 2022

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Call for WRE applications https://orienteering.sport/call-for-wre-applications-2/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 07:39:41 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62401 It is time to apply for World Ranking Events for 2023 season.

World Ranking Events are important for athletes and Federations. By participating athletes will receive world rankings points which often is used as criteria for deciding start order in IOF Events. From the World Ranking lists, a Federation League Table is created which is used for determining national quotas for the World Cup.

Normally, the idea to host an IOF WRE Event comes from either a national Organiser or the member Federation. The Organiser and the Federation agree on this and appoint an IOF Event Adviser. There is no limit in the number of WREs that a Federation may apply for each year.

The formal application for a World Ranking Event is done by the Federation in IOF Eventor. The general deadline is to apply for a WRE before 30th September the year before the events. IOF Office and the relevant Discipline Commissions will manage and approve the application.

For additional information, and specific requirements per discipline. Please visit the Event application section on IOF web.

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Thrilling CX80 MTBO World Cup Final coming up https://orienteering.sport/thrilling-cx80-mtbo-world-cup-final-coming-up/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 11:17:36 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=62342 90 of the world’s best MTBO athletes travel to Targovishte in northeastern Bulgaria this weekend to race for the CX80 MTBO World Cup titles of 2022.

Three races await: Sprint in urban terrain in the city of Kardam on Friday, the Long distance on Saturday and a Mixed Relay on Sunday, both in the hilly forests around Momino outside Targovishte.

Besides deciding the overall World Cup, the races in Bulgaria will determine the first ever U23 MTBO World Championships, the new U23 World Cup and an additional 150 athletes will fight for medals in four WMMTBOC races as well.

Kardam looks to offer very fast sprint racing with rather flat terrain and good rideability around town. The forest terrain in Momino is quite hilly, rather open and the athletes will be allowed to ride off the tracks with the chance of some controls being placed in the terrain as well.

Søgaard has commanding lead
In the women’s World Cup, Camilla Søgaard (DEN) has taken a huge lead after great performances at both EMTBOC in Lithuania in May and the WTMBOC in Sweden in July. Søgaard won the Mass Start in Sweden and went home with impressive five medals after five WMTBOC races.

With 295 points, she is favorite to claim her first overall World Cup title after finishing second two times earlier. Fellow Dane, Nikoline Splittorff is in second position with 226 points and Marika Hara (FIN) is third with 196 points.

The World Cup is decided by the athletes six best point scores out of eight races. Therefore, Splittorff and Emily Benham Kvåle (GBR) currently in fifth position are the only ones who can catch up with Søgaard’s lead.

Bogar 10 points ahead
Krystof Bogar (CZE) has a narrower lead in the men’s World Cup standings after his two gold medals at WTMBOC. With 271 points, he is 10 points ahead of Samuel Pokala (FIN) and the reigning World Cup champion, Simon Braendli (SUI) has 206 points but only scored points from five races. Just as Pokala and Braendli, Long distance world champion Marcus Janson (SWE) can still catch Bogar’s lead with some great performances in Bulgaria.

The first ever U23 World Cup will come to an end this weekend too. Nikoline Splittorff (DEN) seems impossible to catch with 300 points in the women’s standings, where Elena Yllan Ortiz (ESP) is 93 points behind in second place. The men’s U23 World Cup is lead by Jan Hasek (CZE) with 288 points , Ignas Ambrazas (LTU) is second (268 points) and Miika Nurmi (FIN) has 216 points in third position.

In the Team World Cup, Finland and Czechia are tied for the first place with 50 points, Sweden has 38 points in third position.

Go to CX80 World Cup standings

The races can be followed at IOF LIVE, where a basic web-tv production with English commentary, live GPS tracking and live results are offered.

Go to IOF LIVE

Organisers HomepageFacebook:

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Program for CX80 MTBO World Cup Round 3
(Time Zone – EEST UTC+3):

Friday, Sep. 16
11.30 Sprint, first start

Saturday, Sep. 17
12.00 Long distance, first start

Sunday, Sep. 18
9.30 Mixed Relay, mass start

 

Program for WMMTBOC 2022
Thursday, Sep. 15
11.00 Mass Start

Friday, Sep. 16
9.30 Sprint, first start

Saturday, Sep. 17
9.00 Long distance, first start

Sunday, Sep. 18
12.30 Middle distance, first start

Photo: EMTBOC 2022 / Donatas Lazauskas

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Intense IOF development camp conducted at Idre in Sweden https://orienteering.sport/intense-iof-development-camp-conducted-at-idre-in-sweden/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 17:45:18 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=61824 Last week a number of athletes returned to Idre Fjäll, the site of the Orienteering World Cup round 2 in 2021, for an intense training camp aimed at developing their skills in Scandinavian terrain.

The development camp was in fact a follow-on to the successful World Cup Event in Sweden last year. The Idre Fjäll resort had provided free accommodations and meals for a training camp for 20 athletes as the overall team prize from last year’s World Cup. The award was won by the Swedish Team and an agreement followed between the IOF and the Swedish Orienteering Federation enabling the IOF to utilize this opportunity and invest in a training camp for promising athletes from second tier nations.

Hinako Inage (JPN) and Karolin Ohlsson (SWE) – Photo: William Hollowell

Over 70 applications to join the camp were received at the end of last year. The IOF selected athletes in cooperation with member federations, with the goal of reaching promising athletes from as many nations as possible. 21 athletes from 11 nations were finally accommodated for the training camp. In addition, 10 athletes from the Hungarian, Japanese and Slovenian teams attended their own training camp in parallel with the IOF camp, utilizing the same maps and training courses.

The camp activities were conducted through a cooperation with the local club Idrefjällens OK and were led by Johan Runesson and members of the Swedish national orienteering team. The camp utilized a training program which mimicked a similar program conducted by the Swedish Team prior to the World Cup last year. The idea being to give the participants access to the resources of one of the leading teams.


Johan Runesson (SWE) and Hiroki Komaki (JPN) – Photo: William Hollowell

From Wednesday afternoon through Sunday morning the athletes took part in 6 organised training sessions and 2 optional training sessions, with presentations, discussions, and analysis sessions each evening. For the organised training sessions GPS tracking and analysis was used, and 2 sessions were held as timed training events on courses run by the Swedish team. This allowed for additional analysis and the ability to compare with some of the world’s best orienteers. An additional feature of the camp was that each of the selected athletes was shadowed by one of the 5 members of the Swedish Team who were present at the camp.

– It was impressive to see the dedication of all athletes and the interactions between athletes aiming for performance improvements, says IOF Council Vice President Tom Hollowell who was present at the camp. – The sharing of knowledge and experience is truly a credit to our sport and I would specially like to thank the Swedish national team for their strong support for the camp.

Zsófia Sárközy (HUN), Tamara Miklusova (SVK), Kika Basarán (ESP) and Hinako Inage (JPN) analysing the days training together – Photo: William Hollowell

The IOF will now assess the camp organisation and setup, together with the participating athletes and the organisers, to determine if a similar camp should be held in future years and what the areas of improvement might be.

Top photo: Katja Babic (SLO) 

Go to Training guide for the camp

Links to GPS-tracking from the training sessions:
https://events.loggator.com/MPiUhg
https://events.loggator.com/k_POOw
https://events.loggator.com/ylMfZw
https://events.loggator.com/NxnLdw
https://events.loggator.com/RPWTww
https://events.loggator.com/4hEb4Q
https://events.loggator.com/9zzlGg

Photos from the camp – William Hollowell

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Join the IOF Bidding Seminar on September 7 https://orienteering.sport/join-the-iof-bidding-seminar-on-september-7/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 03:45:45 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=61752 The International Orienteering Federation invites Member Federations, Event organisers and other stakeholders to take part in an IOF Bidding Seminar on September 7, 2022.

Potential organisers of future IOF Major Events, such as World Championships, World Cups and Regional Championships in all disciplines, can gather information on being part of a bidding process, the current application period and special requirements when an event is TV-broadcasted.

The seminar will be hosted by IOF CEO, Henrik Eliasson and will also deal with a number of other topics, which can be found in the invitation here.

It will be held twice during September 7 to attract worldwide participation – at 19:00 JST (Japan, UTC +9) and 19:00 CEST (Central Europe, UTC +2).

Welcome!

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SkiO – Invitation to Open meeting on waxing products https://orienteering.sport/skio-open-meeting-on-waxing-products/ Tue, 23 Aug 2022 12:16:54 +0000 https://orienteering.sport/?p=61700 Like several other winter sport federations, IOF has a goal to ban all fluorinated waxing products. The first step was taken by banning all “C8-products” for the 2021/22 season. Developing reliable on-site test methods has shown to be very challenging and are not yet in place. Therefore, FIS and IBU in August decided to postpone the ban of all fluorinated waxes until the 2023/24 season. IOF is still considering implementing a ban of all fluorinated for the upcoming season.

Therefore SkiO Commission invites you all to an open online information and discussion meeting Thursday 8th September regarding the process of banning fluorinated ski waxing products in ski orienteering.

Invitation can be found here.

Welcome!

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