New big Ski-O happening in Central Europe

Posted on | October 27, 2008 | Category: News

Ski-O Tour is a new challenge in ski orienteering. Six high level Ski-O competitions will be held in eight days, 10–17 January, with World Masters as a part of the Tour.

– The idea with Ski-O Tour is to have big events in Central Europe for both the best, the second best and those who simply just enjoy ski orienteering, says Eivind Tonna.

The Norwegian is the leader of the athletes’ commission in ski orienteering. He is also behind the idea of these new ski orienteering competitions, which will be the third biggest Ski-O events this winter. The World Championships in Japan in March are the main event of the year. Right after the Ski-O Tour there are the Nordic Open Championships in Sweden, but for Tonna, the Ski-O Tour is even more important than the Nordics.

– For me, Ski-O Tour will be the most important event after WOC in Japan this coming winter, he says.

Important races

Many of the best in the world have said that they will take part in the Ski-O Tour. The attractive competitions can give new energy for the sport in countries in Middle Europe.

– The sport needs more athletes from this part of Europe. This week will give the athletes a possibility to compete with the best. For the young athletes it’s also important to have a goal. I hope that doing well in Ski-O Tour can be a goal for many ski orienteers. I know that several athletes who might have problems in getting to the national team to Japan this winter want to do well in the Tour, Eivind says.

In foot orienteering, international events gather thousands of competitors. With Ski-O Tour it is possible to create the first big, open international event in ski orienteering.

Beginning of history

The plan is to organise the Ski-O Tour in the World Championships years. Tonna thinks that those years need several important events to be interesting for the media.

– The media might forget to write about Ski-O matters if there are no big enough events. A Tour that everyone can take part in has the potential to be big and different enough. Hopefully this will make some headlines, Eivind says.
The Ski-O Tour is not only for seniors. Both juniors and veterans are also welcome, and the first two races of the Tour are at the same time World Masters Ski Orienteering Championships.


Eivind Tonna is looking forward to participating in the first ever Ski-O Tour: six tough competitions in eight days.

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