IOF Council proposes a new division system to decide qualification for World Orienteering Championships

Posted on | February 7, 2013 | Category: News

Following the 2012 IOF General Assembly’s decision to remove the qualification races for the Middle and Long finals of the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) 2014 and onwards, the IOF Council has now presented its proposal for how to handle the question of how many runners a nation can have on the starting line.

A central idea in the proposal is the introduction of a division system in three levels, separate for men and women, where the top-8 nations in the world forms the first division and gets three starting places, nations 9-22 form the second division and get two places and nations 23 and upwards form the third and get one starting place. Hence, all nations will be guaranteed at least one starting place. Promotion and relegation between divisions will occur after every WOC and it is a nation’s results in the Long, Middle and Relay competitions in the last two WOC’s that form the basis for calculation.

The proposal, which also includes other interesting news such as awarding the Regional Champions a personal start place in the WOC final as well as awarding the host nation full representation (three starters), has now been sent to the IOF member federations for hearing. The deadline for the federations’ replies is mid-March, after which the proposal will be finalised and put on the Council’s table in late April.

Finally, the matter will be presented and discussed at the Presidents’ Conference during the World Orienteering Championships in July 2013 in Vuokatti, Finland.

To view the summary sent to the federations, as well as the background documents, please visit the WOC in the Future page.


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