Various kinds of World Orienteering Championships

Posted on | January 24, 2017 | Category: News

Even if you don’t win at WOC, you still have the opportunity to become World Champion in orienteering. Here are listed six championships for certain groups of people such as policemen, the deaf, and university students.

World Military Orienteering Championships (WMilOC)

For whom? Military personnel on active duty with the armed forces of their respective country with an up to date military identity card.

Details: The IOF has a long-standing partnership with the International Military Sports Council (CISM). CISM hosts World Military Championships in a wide range of sports, among them orienteering. WMilOC is held annually, and every four years, the championships are part of the multisport event CISM World Summer Games.

The WMilOC are decided for both men and women, with two individual races, a Middle and a Long Distance, and a Relay. Last year’s edition of WMilOC was the 49th edition and took place in Brazil, featuring prominent runners such as Matthias Kyburz (SUI), Frederic Tranchand (FRA) and Galina Vinogradova (RUS).

The next WMilOC will take place in Finland from 10-16 June 2017.

At the CISM World Military Skiing Championships, the organizers can choose to add SkiO to the programme. SkiO is a part of the upcoming CISM World Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, 22-28 February 2017.

 

World University Orienteering Championships (WUOC)

The women's Middle distance

The women’s Middle distance in Hungary at WUOC 2016. The Swede Lilian Forsgren took the victory with the time 32.12.

For whom? Competitors must be students registered at a University or a similar institute. In addition, competitors must be at least 17 years old and younger than 28 years old.

Details: The IOF is partner with the International University Sports Federation (FISU), who host various World University Championships. Since 1978, a World University Orienteering Championships has been organized biannually. The latest event took place in Hungary during the summer of 2016, with the same distances as for WOC. Many former JWOC medalists took part in the championships such as Johan Runesson (SWE), Anna Haataja (FIN) and Emma Klingenberg (DEN).

The next WUOC will be held in Kuortane in Finland 17-21 July 2018.

In 2016, Ski Orienteering had its first World University Championships which is planned to be followed in 2018, with Estonia as host.

 

World Schools Championship Orienteering (WSCO)

For whom? The competition is open to both school teams and selected teams with participants aged 14-18 years. All competitors in the school teams must have been enrolled in the same school since the beginning of the school year, and all competitors in the selected team must have been enrolled at a school in the country concerned since the beginning of the school year.

Details: In cooperation with the IOF, the International School Sports Federation (ISF) biannually organizes the World School Championships Orienteering. The competitors participate individually in a Middle and a Long distance. The three best individual times of both races for each team are added. The team with the fastest time in each class win. Last WSCO took place in Antalya, Turkey and the next event will be in Palermo, Italy 22-28 April 2017.

 

The Men21 Long distance at the European Deaf Orienteering Championships 2016 in the Czech Republic with a few meters of climb.

European Deaf Orienteering Championships (EDOC)

For whom? Deaf, defined as a hearing loss of at least 55 decibel in the better ear.

Details: EDOC take place every fourth year with the most recent edition in July 2016 in Olomouc in the Czech Republic. For the third time, the Junior European Deaf Orienteering Championships were held in connection with the senior championships. EDOC is decided in the same five distances as in WOC.

The next EDOC is scheduled for August 2020. The location is still not decided.

 

European Foresters’ Orienteering Championships (EFOL)

For whom? Forestry employees, forestry educated individuals, forest owners, forest contractors, and their respective closest family members.

Details: EFOL started in Latvia in 1994 and has since been an annual event for forest related people. During recent years, the championships have consisted of a Sprint and a Middle distance and finished with a Relay. The most recent championships took place in Åhus, Sweden, in August 2016 with more than 500 competitors from 15 different countries.

 

World Police and Fire Games Orienteering (WPFGO)

For whom? Full-time and retired professional firefighters and sworn law enforcement officers such as policemen.

Details: Orienteering is one of the sports in the biannual multisport event for police officers and firefighters. WPFGO is decided for both men and women in a number of different age groups. They compete in a Sprint distance and a Long distance. The most recent World Police and Fire Games was held in Virginia, USA in 2015. The next event will be in California, USA, in August 2017.

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