Olav Lundanes is not happy to be on the front page of IOF’s latest update on the WOC in the future project – the Power Point presentation which was presented at the IOF Presidents Conference in France in August this year. On his Twitter-account Lundanes Tweets “Looks like I am supporting the destruction of orienteering”.
The background for Lundanes’s indignation is the suggestion for the WOC in the future program made by the IOF Council:
- No more individual middle distance in the WOC in the future (instead prologue + chasing start)
- Traditional relay replaced by mixed sprint relay if 4 medal disciplines in the future WOC – alternatively mixed sprint relay + traditional relay if 5 medal disciplines.
Basis for the proposed WOC program
The Council has suggested the WOC program for the future based on the input from the WOC in the future group (which suggested to keep both the middle distance and the traditional relay, but to introduce chasing start and mixed relay as additional disciplines) and based on input from the federations (a lot of different input from 14 federations pointing in many different directions – see summary of the opinions at the WOC in the future page).
The presentation can be downloaded here – or you can alternatively view screenshots of the presentation below. See also the WOC in the future webpage for more background information about the process and an article in O-zine 02-2011 about the project.
Gueorgiou: – I am really not optimistic for the future of orienteering
Thierry Gueorgiou has a similar reaction to the suggestions:
– To be honest, I am really not optimistic for the future of orienteering if IOF keeps going on that direction. Yes, I will feel extremy lucky to have experienced the good age of orienteering, but I will feel really sorry for the youngsters and I think it will be quite boring to become a coach also :(
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