– The qualification race for long distance should be removed, the long final stays as individual start, every competition day is a medal day, the number of medal races is proposed to be extended from the current four to five or six. This is part of the content of the WIF (WOC in the Future) intermediate report according to an article published today at the IOF page today. – The programme should be formed to support the attendance of new orienteering nations, e.g. by being structured so that it is possible to take part in only part of the WOC. Also, all runners who completed a course should have a place in the result list of a final.
– The WIF group has in its intermediate report concluded that a future WOC should be developed in keeping with the tradition. Both the long distance as an individual interval start format and the relay as it is known today, a separate three leg relay for men and women, are proposed to be part of the future programme. Furthermore, the group is proposing to introduce a sprint-style relay with mixed teams of two men and two women, such as on the World Games program.
This is an excerpt from an article published today at the IOF page. Read the full article there.
The highlighted intermediate results from the WIF work group should be well received in the orienteering community. A majority of the commenter want the long distance to remain the way it is. Also, the 3-leg relay for men/women has been a point of discussion – very few have wanted to remove this in favor of a mixed relay. Having two relays is much less controversial.
Removing the long distance qualification might be a bit controversial among some – depending on how the qualification for the long distance is set up. However, as all runners who completed a course should have a place in the result list of a final, it is probably thought that this is more important to the “smaller orienteering nations”.
The question about the chasing start, mass start and the format of the middle distance are not touched in the intermediate results from the WIF work group – however the decisions highlighted should be received positive among many. What do you think?