The Organisers of the World Ski Orienteering Championships have received the go-ahead from the Estonian Ministry of Culture for the organisation of the event in Kääriku from February 22nd to 28th, 2021. At the entry deadline for national teams on January 8th, 16 nations had entered teams including all of the top 8 nations in Ski Orienteering. This mean that the participation criteria set by the IOF Council has also been met.
The organisers in Estonia have established a protocol regarding mitigating the effects of Covid-19 at the event in cooperation with the Estonian Health Board. The protocol is being reviewed also together with the IOF Medical Expert and will be updated to take consideration of the Covid-19 situation as it evolves up until the event is to take place. Information about the Covid-19 protocol and required testing is available via the event website and updated information will be published there.
The event will also contain the Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships and European Youth Ski Orienteering Championships and these are scheduled to go ahead as planned.
And there is also good news about the Estonian winter. The snow conditions in Estonia are constantly improving and at the current time all primary competition areas are in good shape and the organisers have started preparation of all tracks. Reports from Estonia late yesterday (January 12) noted that it had been snowing all day and the forecast was for the snowfall to continue for another 15 hours. During the rest of January more snow and mainly cold weather are expected.