Eivind Tonna new Ski Orienteering Commission chair

Posted on | March 8, 2013 | Category: News

Markku Vauhkonen (to the left) stepped down and Eivind Tonna takes over as the chair for the Ski Orienteering Commission

The IOF Council has today appointed Eivind Tonna (NOR) new chair of the IOF Ski Orienteering Commission. Tonna succeeds Markku Vauhkonen (FIN), who decided to resign due to lack of time. Vauhkonen has worked enthusiastically for ski orienteering ever since he was appointed chair in 2007.

Eivind Tonna, a former elite athlete, has been in the Ski Orienteering Commission since 2012. Before that, he was the Coordinator of the IOF Ski Orienteering Athletes’ Commission.

“We are extremely glad to have Eivind as the new chair”, says Leho Haldna, IOF Senior Vice President, and the Council member responsible for ski orienteering, and continues: “Eivind is respected in the whole ski orienteering community, and known as someone who works hard and wholeheartedly for the sport.”

Eivind Tonna says that it is an honour to be able to work for something that lies so close to his heart. He says that he has such a great team in the Commission that he looks forward to continue working together with them. “It is also big shoes to fit after the great progress Markku has done for ski orienteering the years he has been the chair”, Tonna says.

He aims to continue to develop the sport: “Our strategy is to continue the travel we have set up for the future. We have a goal in the future, and this is to be included in the Olympic Games. Still there is a lot of work ahead of us. We need to grow as a sport and we need to have competitions at a higher level of quality to get the recognition we want”, Tonna concludes.


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