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IOF: Proposal to split WOC into urban and forest WOC

IOF is calling an Extraordinary General Assembly during WOC in Scotland in order to discuss a proposal for organising the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) alternating years as a “forest WOC” and a “sprint/urban WOC”.

Story at the IOF webpage:

  • Orienteering.org: IOF President calls Extraordinary General Assembly
  • Excerpt: The Extraordinary General Assembly is being called for member federations to discuss and decide upon a proposal being prepared by the IOF Council which proposes organising the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) alternating years as a “forest WOC” and a “sprint/urban WOC”. The proposal is a result of the work by being done in review of the IOF competition programme and follows an extensive consultation with member federations during the first part of 2015. The proposal will be sent out to member federations in the next few weeks.

Short comment

A serious consideration of a split WOC model is in line with many comments here at World of O earlier (see e.g. this earlier article from March 2014).

Disclaimer: The author of this article has been part of the group reviewing the IOF competition program.

 

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3 comments

  1. A great proposal!

  2. Yes, separate them, but don’t do alternating years – do both of them every year. Then the real men can run 90 minute fight in rough terrains, but the sissies can compete for 15 minutes with cars and pedestrians. I thought most people like orienteering because they like forests and want to get away from cities.

  3. Forest WOC should be organized every 2 years so it gains more value.