1st Trail Orienteering in Egypt

Posted on | March 22, 2017 | Category: News, Newsletter

The 2nd Egyptian International Orienteering Championships took place in Sharm el Sheikh, Southern Sinai, Egypt in early February 2017.  A surprise addition to the schedule was the first TrailO/PreO event to be held in Egypt.

As part of the development of Orienteering in Arabic countries a training camp was held in the days before, mainly for the Egyptian Miltary Team, which has several members disabled from the security and conflict events in the region over the last few years.

The International Event followed the WRE Sprint in the grounds of a vast hotel/holiday resort on the shore of the Red Sea.  Entries were taken on the day and attracted many of the International competitors.

The course, constructed by Ivana & Damir Gobec of Vihor OC (Croatia), used part the WRE Sprint map (1:4000) centred around the Salt Lake on level tarmac paths.

The brilliant and technical course used the complex details of the resort well and challenged the best of the competitors.  Everything was prepared and checked over a period of a few days before the event.  The few minor glitches (missing viewpoint and punches) did not affect the fairness or outcomes of the controls.

The International entries headed the Open results (including a 4th for the only GB representative in Egypt) but Kareem Shoab of the Egyptian Paralympic Team came 5th with team-mates spread through the rest of the results (total 22 competitors).

This might have been the first TrailO event to be held in Africa or the Arab Region, but it won’t be the last.  The lack of conventional O-terrain, the abundance of open park and urban terrain and the higher population of fit disabled people with keen minds make TrailO a great way to spread Orienteering in this new area of the World.

We can expect this competition to become a regular part of the EIOC, which will be held next year in Alexandria (9-12 Feb. 2018).

by Chris Virgo, Devon OC, Great Britain

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