The IOF

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is the international governing body of the sport of orienteering. The IOF governs four orienteering disciplines: foot orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, ski orienteering, and trail orienteering. The IOF was founded in 1961 and recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 1977.

IOF brochure 2013

Membership

The IOF is made up of the national orienteering federations that have been admitted to membership. Only one legally constituted orienteering organisation from any one country, defined as an independent member of the IOC, may be admitted as a member.

At the moment, the IOF has 78 member countries.

The IOF may provide for provisional membership of a national organisation when first admitted to membership. A provisional member may retain that status for two Congress periods during which time the provisional member must, in the view of the IOF Council, have actively developed the sport of orienteering in that country.

Statutory institutions

The statutory institutions of the IOF are:

* The General Assembly
* The Council
* The Secretariat (The IOF Office)
* The Presidents’ Conference

The aims of the IOF
The aims of the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) are to spread the sport of orienteering, to promote its development and to create and maintain an attractive world event programme.

Our vision
The vision of the IOF is that orienteering shall be a truly global sport and included in the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The fundamental values of orienteering

Orienteering is at one with nature.
Orienteering is respectful of the natural environment. It
promotes environmental good practice.

Orienteering is mentally and physically challenging.
It advocates and supports a healthy lifestyle; an active mind
and body.

Orienteering is characterised by the spirit of adventure.
Through the challenges of navigation, orienteering develops
self-confidence, independence and life skills. It is a lifelong
sport, enhancing the quality of life.

Orienteering is inclusive.
Orienteering promotes the inclusion of women and men equally
from all ethnic, religious and social backgrounds.
Success by women and men is equally recognised.

Orienteering is committed to being a drug free sport and
supports the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) motto play
true.

Orienteering is characterised by the spirit of friendship and is
committed to the notion of fair play. It is expected that all
persons taking part in an orienteering event shall behave with
fairness and honesty.

Orienteering is committed to the highest standards of
governance and transparency in the conduct of its business
and to seek full engagement of all its members on an equal
basis in its decision-making.

IOF Strategic Directions 2012-2018
IOF Activity Plan 2012-14
IOF Code of Ethics
IOF Logo Guidelines
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