ISOM 2017 is approved
The IOF Council has approved the International Specification for Orienteering Maps ISOM 2017.
For IOF events between 1 May and 31 December 2017, both ISOM 2000 and ISOM 2017 could be accepted, but which map standard is used at the event must be clearly stated in the Bulletin(s) for the event. For all events after 1 January 2018, ISOM 2017 should be used unless there are contractual limitations which would prevent this.
WOC 2019 and 2021 program
Council approved the program proposed by the IOF Foot Orienteering Commission regarding WOC from 2019:
Day 1: middle distance qualification
Day 2: long distance competition (one-off final)
Day 3: rest day
Day 4: middle distance final
Day 5: relay competition
This program should be maintained for at least WOC 2019 and 2021 before being evaluated.
The qualification method for the WOC long distance 2019 will be similar to the current system with divisions. In 2019, the long distance scores will be double their current weight. Council approved the recommended method for WOC 2019 and that it should then be re-evaluated for 2021.
Ski Orienteering Events in Turkey and Sweden 2019
Council approved the proposal from the IOF Ski Orienteering Commission to appoint the European Ski Orienteering Championships (ESOC) 2019 to Turkey during the dates 4–12 February 2019.
Council also approved the proposal from the IOF Ski Orienteering Commission to appoint the World Ski Orienteering Championships (WSOC), Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships (JWSOC), European Youth Ski Orienteering Championships (EYSOC) and World Masters Ski Orienteering Championships (WMSOC) to Sweden during the dates 19–24 March 2019.
The IOF Council approved the proposed IOF Transgender Policy, which is based on the IOC Consensus Meeting on Gender Reassignment (November 2015).
In brief, the aim of the policy is to balance the guarantee of fair competition and the right of trans athletes to participate in sporting competition, whilst complying with the World Anti-Doping Code and the WADA International Standards.
You can read the full policy here.
Note: due to the structure of classes in orienteering, the policy has a binary perspective.
If you would like to read more about transgender athletes, the website transgenderathlete.com offers useful information on the subject.
Brazilian Doping Case
An athlete participating in a Foot Orienteering World Ranking Event in Brasília, Brazil, in September 2016, tested positive for the prohibited substance Prednisolone.
The council discussed the Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) which was reported to the IOF by the National Anti-Doping Organisation (NADO) in Brazil. The testing in this case was ordered by the Brazilian Orienteering Federation (CBO).
The athlete had been prescribed a medicine containing the substance a few days prior to the event, but was not aware that the medication contained a prohibited substance. As soon as the athlete was selected for testing, they declared the use of the medication. When charged with the ADRV, the athlete accepted a provisional suspension whilst awaiting the decision of the hearing body of the CBO. They determined that the athlete had not committed the ADRV wilfully, and therefore sanctioned them with a period of ineligibility of six months, starting on 24 November 2016, and the athlete’s results connected to the event at which the ADRV occurred have been disqualified.
The council decided not to appeal the decision in this case.
The IOF will work with the CBO to offer support in the Anti-Doping education of its athletes.
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