A new orienteering season – a new World Cup

Posted on | March 30, 2007 | Category: News

The 2007 World Cup is eagerly awaited by the world’s elite orienteers. A new format is being introduced, with some exciting innovations designed to raise the profile of the World Cup and make it accessible to a far greater number of runners from around the world than has previously been the case.

One of the innovations is the creation of a prize money pot of 7,000 Euros, to be divided between the top six men and women athletes in the final standings; the winners each receiving 1,200 Euros. Another innovation is the use of existing high-quality events for the World Cup races. Events such as Jukola and the SwissCup already attract a lot of media coverage and this will help bring the World Cup and orienteering’s star athletes into the media spotlight as never before.

The link with existing events will make participation in the World Cup much easier for both national teams and individual athletes, as many of the athletes would have been present anyway at these venues. Along with this, the number of runners a nation may enter has been substantially increased for many nations: each nation’s quota depends on its strength as measured by their top athletes’ performance in the World Ranking lists. The top 3 nations – Sweden, Finland and Switzerland – get 10 places for both men and women, whilst the minimum number of places is 3. The quotas for 2007 are listed below.

The 2007 World Cup programme consists of 10 individual races, three of them being the World Championships finals in Ukraine. The other venues are in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. There will be 4 sprints, 4 middle distance and 2 long distance races. All non-World Championship races will count, plus one of the three Championship races. The World Cup season starts on 14th June with a sprint competition in Finland and ends with another sprint in Switzerland on 7th October. The race types and qualification criteria, together with the scoring system, are detailed in the document Special rules for the 2007 World Cup in Orienteering which can be found in the World Cup section of the IOF website.

World Cup 2007 Programme

14 June Sprint Jukola, Finland

22 June Middle distance O-Festivalen, Norway

23 July Long distance O-Ringen, Sweden

24 July Middle distance O-Ringen, Sweden

25 July Sprint O-Ringen, Sweden

22 August Middle distance World Orienteering Championships, Ukraine

23 August Long distance World Orienteering Championships, Ukraine

26 August Sprint World Orienteering Championships, Ukraine

6 October Middle distance SwissCup, Switzerland

7 October Sprint SwissCup, Switzerland

Numbers of participants allowed per nation

Women

10: Sweden, Finland, Switzerland

9: Norway, Great Britain, CzechRepublic

8: Germany, Australia, Latvia

7: France, Estonia, Ukraine

6: Denmark, Russia, Hungary

5: Lithuania, New Zealand, Spain

4: Bulgaria, Austria, Canada

3: all other nations

Men

10: Sweden, Finland, Switzerland

9: Denmark, Norway, Great Britain

8: France, CzechRepublic, Estonia

7: Lithuania, Italy, Austria

6: Germany, Russia, Hungary

5: Poland, Bulgaria, Australia

4: Latvia, New Zealand, Belgium

3: all others

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