Sprint Relay in the World Orienteering Championships from 2014

Posted on | November 19, 2012 | Category: News

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At the 2012 IOF General Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, a new programme for the World Orienteering Championships was decided on*, including the introduction of a new format, the Sprint Relay.  The first implementation of Sprint Relay in the World Orienteering Championships will be in 2014 in Italy, after which it will be a permanent format on the programme.

The IOF is aiming at staging the new format on the international level starting from 2013. At The World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia, the current “Mixed Relay” will be conducted based on the format of the Sprint Relay.

The IOF Council recently decided on the details of this new format for World Orienteering Championships. The description will be included in the IOF Competition Rules for Foot Orienteering, and can be read here.

Need for opportunities to gain experience on national level

In order for this new format to spread and to gain experience with it both in organising and competing, the IOF strongly encourages its member federations to find opportunities for staging Sprint Relay competitions starting from the 2013 season and onwards. This can ideally be both in small scale (club and regional level) and in larger scale (national level).

*) The decision was taken by the national federation delegates present at the General Assembly.

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