WMTBOC Long distance qualification system under revision

Posted on | February 6, 2014 | Category: News

The IOF is currently revising the qualification system for the World MTB Orienteering Championship Long distance final. The main motivation for the revision is that the old system does not allow the flexibility to allocate start slots to quickly developing overseas nations that are unable to take part in the World Championships every year. In the middle ranks there also seems to be a major gap in performance between the best rider of a nation and the team strength of the given nation.

The IOF MTB Orienteering Commission is, thus, proposing a revised system where start slots are allocated to athletes instead of federations. In the proposal, approximately one half of start slots are allocated according to previous performance in World Championships Long distance and World Ranking, while the second half is allocated on the basis of the results of the Sprint and Middle distance competitions during the same World Championships. All nations are still guaranteed one start slot in the A Final. For more details regarding the proposed model, please see the full description.

National federations are asked to submit comments on the proposed system by 23 February 2014.

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