2022 FISU World University Championship Orienteering in the starting blocks

More than 250 student-athletes from 29 nations are set to compete in Biel-Magglingen (Switzerland), which hosts the 2022 FISU World University Championships in Orienteering from August 17-21.

An endurance sport developed in Sweden in the late 1800s, foot orienteering requires athletes to run over rough terrain, completely unprepared forest terrain, or sometimes rough open hills. Orienteers must navigate with only a map and compass while running to find their route.

The program includes five competitions:

Sprint on August 17 in Biel, urban terrain (city), 450 m above sea level

Long distance August 18 in Gondiswil, Orientation field between 600 and 750 m altitude. Mostly coniferous forest. Sides of hills with moderate to steep slopes.

sprint relay on August 19 in Langenthal, urban land in a small town, 470 m above sea level with side streets and narrow paths

Midway August 20 in Corcelles Orientation terrain between 650 and 850 m altitude. Coniferous forest with small semi-open to open pastures. Hill side with moderate to steeper inclines.

Relay August 21 in Gondiswil, Orientation field between 600 and 750 m altitude. Mostly coniferous forest. Sides of hills with moderate to steep slopes.

The participating nations in alphabetical order are:

Argentina – Australia – Austria – Belgium – Brazil – Bulgaria – Canada – China – Czech Republic – Denmark – Finland – France – Germany – Great Britain – Hungary – Iran – Ireland – Italy – Japan – Nepal – New Zealand – Norway – Poland – Slovakia – Spain – Sweden – Switzerland – Ukraine – USA

The sprint and middle distance competitions will be broadcast live on fisu.tv

Dino J. Dotson