WOC in the Future until now

Posted on | December 21, 2011 | Category: News

The IOF’s WOC in the Future project aims to create a new programme for the World Orienteering Championships (WOC). Here is a short summary of the process until now. For more information, please view the WOC in the Future page, where all the news during the process since September 2010 have been published.

  • An extensive survey of opinions was carried out online in 2009. The survey included 35 questions concerning IOF Elite Events and got 466 replies from 42 nations in all 6 IOF Regions. Most replies – 55 % – came from athletes. The results were presented at the Presidents’ Conference in 2009. Based on the survey answers, the IOF Council presented guiding principles for a new WOC programme at the General Assembly in Trondheim, Norway in August 2010.

The three guiding principles were: the WOC programme should diversify, the WOC week should remain within eight days, and a new relay should be introduced. These guiding principles received support from the national federations at the General Assembly 2010, and the IOF Council got the task to continue with the project.

  • The WOC in the Future (WIF) Project Group presented their first proposal to the IOF Council in January 2011, after which the proposal was sent to the national federations for comments and published on the IOF website.

14 federations sent their feedback to the IOF regarding the proposed programme. Based on this valuable feedback, the proposal was amended, and then presented at the Presidents’ Conference in August 2011 in France.

  • After having again heard the national federations in the matter, the IOF Council prepared a proposal in October/November 2011. The proposal, together with background information and implementation details, was sent to the IOF member federations in November. The federations were asked to consult all interested parties in their country, such as athletes, officials, sponsors, and media, and provide feedback to the IOF by 15 January 2012.

When the IOF Council has received and discussed the feedback, the final proposal for a new WOC programme will be prepared and presented for the IOF General Assembly 2012 to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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