General Assembly Focus: The IOF Competition Program Review

Posted on | June 22, 2016 | Category: News

In connection with the General Assembly 2014 in Italy, it was agreed that an overall review of the competition programs in each of the 4 IOF disciplines should be carried out. The project has been ongoing since then, with project leadership by Vice President Mike Dowling and later CEO Tom Hollowell. A project working group was created which has provided recommendations based upon consultation with IOF members, commissions and Council.

The primary goal of the competition review has been to propose programs which are attractive to athletes, organizers and external partners i.e. media and sponsors, while balancing this with the need for increased event quality and financial viability.

Ahead of the upcoming General Assembly in Strömstad in August, the IOF Council spent time at their most recent meeting working on finalising the proposed new competition programs, based upon the recommendations of the Competition Review working group. This after a long period of hard work which included numerous consultations with both member federations and experts groups, feasibility studies and iterative discussions with the discipline commissions.

Based upon the principle decision at the Extraordinary General Assembly in Scotland last year, alternating forest and urban World Championships from 2019 onwards, work has continued on establishing a complete FootO program. News here include a new concept for the World Cup, an annual European Orienteering Championships (EOC) running on an opposite cycle to the new World Championship programme and clarifications on qualifications methods. It is proposed that the World Masters Championships also include a middle distance event. Direct Link to the General Assembly FootO proposal.

For MTBO, it is proposed to add a mass-start event at the World MTBO Championships to round out the championships week. Masters Competitors will be offered an additional mass-start event and an annual European MTBO Championships will be embedded into the World Cup. Direct link to the General Assembly MTBO proposal.

In SkiO, the World Championships are proposed to become an annual event, with formats alternating on a two year cycle, comparable to the FootO split WOC. The World Cup is also proposed to become an annual occurrence, with one of the rounds being constituted by the competitions at the World Championships and with an annual European Championships embedded as in MTBO. Direct link to the General Assembly SkiO proposal.

For TrailO, no changes are being proposed from the current program.

The proposals will be presented and decided upon at the General Assembly in Strömstad 26th August, 2016.


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