IOF 50 years ceremony in World Championships arena

Posted on | August 19, 2011 | Category: News

Photo: Erik Borg

A ceremony was held today in the finals race arena to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the IOF. The International Orienteering Federation was formed in May 1961 with 10 member nations, all European; now there are 73 members on 5 continents.

The ceremony started with four parachutists bringing the IOF flag to the arena. A video specially made for the anniversary was shown on the big screen; the video showed many of the landmarks in the development of the work of the IOF from the early days to the present.

Photo: Brian Porteous

IOF President Åke Jacobson then spoke about the anniversary and invited three past Presidents – Bengt Saltin, Heinz Tschudin and Sue Harvey – on to the stage. The IOF flag was brought down the run in in ceremonial fashion by the French Youth Team, and a couple of their members came on stage to congratulate Åke Jacobson on the anniversary. The IOF flag was raised and the ceremony ended with a lively version of ‘Happy Birthday’ being played on the sound system.

Photo: Erik Borg

The IOF has published an anniversary edition of its magazine Orienteering World, and free copies were available for the audience to collect after the ceremony.

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