Successful IOF High Level Event Seminar in Venice

Posted on | February 8, 2012 | Category: News

Participants from 13 nations gathered past weekend in Venice, Italy, for the 4th IOF High Level Event Seminar (HLES). The seminar focused on organising at the highest level, and in particular on organising World Championships.

In the two-day seminar, presentations were made by former and future organisers, event advisers and IOF officials on subjects such as “Building a WOC organisation”, “Experiences from inside a WOC”, and “Arenas and TV”. Besides lectures, there was time set-off for networking and experience sharing, as well as meetings between organisers and advisers.

“I was particularly pleased to see so many appointed organisers represented here this weekend”, said IOF Sports Director Björn Persson, who chaired the seminar. “I believe that with all WOC’s from 2012 to 2016 represented, as well as several WTOC’s, JWOC’s and WMOC’s, it was the strongest start field ever at a HLES”.

The seminar was organised in partnership with the Italian Orienteering Federation FISO, and it fulfilled an important role in communicating standards and experiences between IOF and its organising partners. “The HLES has certainly come to stay, and to me this year’s seminar was the most successful so far”, concluded Ruedi Gloor, Event Director of WOC 2012, who also gave a presentation on the planning status of the main orienteering event of this year, the World Orienteering Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. At the closing, Björn Persson thanked FISO for its support and announced the intentions that next year’s HLES will be organised in Great Britain.

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