Edinburgh to host the 2022 Speed ​​Orienteering World Championships

The event will showcase the spectacular and historic cityscape of Edinburgh

The Scottish capital has beaten Paris with its bid to host the city’s major sporting event

[Source: EventScotland] The 2022 World Sprint Orienteering Championships come to Scotland after Edinburgh received the event from the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), beating Paris for the honor.

The Scottish capital has been crowned with success after an innovative joint bid was submitted by The Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Company, Scottish Orienteering Association, EventScotland, the City of Edinburgh Council, British Orienteering and the University of Edinburgh for host the event in mid-July. 2022.

The IOF Sprint Orienteering World Championships bring together the best teams from around the world to compete in three main disciplines – individual sprint, sprint relay and sprint knockout. It is expected that 250 athletes from 50 countries will attend the championships, along with additional coaches and supporters. As well as the main championship races, there will also be a full schedule of spectator races suitable for all orienteering skill levels and competitive classes for all ages.

Scotland has a long history of hosting the World Orienteering Championships, having already hosted the event three times over the past 40 years. However, unlike previous occasions where the event was held in the Scottish Highlands countryside, the 2022 event will use the fabric of Edinburgh city center to create an exciting and unique sporting arena.

Taking advantage of medieval buildings, narrow and intricate alleys and vast landscapes surrounding the city, innovation will be at the heart of the championships to challenge athletes and bring the best possible experience of this exciting and fast sport to spectators by creating an amazing spectacle for them. In the city center. Using innovative broadcast techniques, including drone footage, will also allow organizers to showcase Edinburgh to international TV audiences alongside exciting sporting action.

Tom Hollowell, CEO of the International Orienteering Federation, said: “IOF’s vision for the World Sprint Orienteering Championships, to take them to exciting international venues, is coming true.

“Scotland has extensive experience in hosting high profile events. The World Orienteering Championships in Inverness in 2015 was the last major IOF event held in the country. The offer was partly initiated by EventScotland, which is involved in organizing major sporting and cultural events in Scotland.

“The support provided by Edinburgh City Council and EventScotland was a key factor in awarding the Sprint WOC 2022. We look forward to showing orienteering and Edinburgh to the world.”

He added: “Through their bid, we hope that Edinburgh will above all offer exciting competitions where the best sprint orienteers in the world will receive their medals. But we also plan to increase the visibility of orienteering both locally and globally against Edinburgh’s palette of iconic landmarks.

Peter Hart, UK Managing Director of Orienteering, said: “Hosting the 2022 Sprint Orienteering World Championships is hugely important to us. We have been working alongside our partners for a long time to prepare our bid and I would like to thank them all for their dedication, especially the Scottish Orienteering Association, for taking this exciting project forward.

“This victory gives us the opportunity to further develop the sport across the UK building on the success of 2015 when we last hosted World Championships.

“We look forward to welcoming the world’s best orienteers with a warm welcome from Scots to Edinburgh in 2022, where they will compete in what is guaranteed to be an exciting competition in a spectacular city.”

Paul Bush OBE, Events Director of VisitScotland, said: “We are delighted that Scotland has been awarded the right to host the 2022 Sprint Orienteering World Championships. hard work from bid partners to secure this important international event for the Scottish capital.

“Over the years Scotland has developed the ability and capability to host a wide range of sporting and cultural events, and it is our globally recognized reputation and experience in delivering events that makes Scotland the perfect venue for events.”

Councilor Donald Wilson, Head of Culture and Communities for Edinburgh City Council, said: “With its narrow fences, steep staircases and winding streets, Edinburgh city center will be the place to be. ideal for the best orienteers in the world.

“The footage of competitors descending the Royal Mile will provide us with a great opportunity to showcase Edinburgh’s beautiful and historic cityscape to a global audience.

“We look forward to hosting this World Sprint Championship sporting event, and I am sure the people of Edinburgh will warmly welcome the many competitors and supporters from around the world.”

Anne Hickling, President of the Scottish Orienteering Association, said: “The Scottish Orienteering Association is delighted with this exciting news. Hosting a World Championship in the heart of Edinburgh will give us the opportunity to introduce orienteering to a wide audience and allow people to see up close what an exciting sport it is.

“Building on the experience of our successful hosting of the 2015 World Championships, we are confident that this event will help grow our sport locally and across the country.

“We look forward to working with our partners on the event and welcoming the world’s best orienteers back to Scotland.”

The decision to award Edinburgh the 2022 World Sprint Orienteering Championships follows the city’s pre-selection by the IOF earlier this year and a visit by officials in May to view the venues and world-class facilities in the city that will make it the perfect host.

IOF will now appoint a Senior Events Adviser to work closely with the Steering Group and Organizing Committee to oversee the delivery of the event, including reviewing and agreeing race venues , television rights and appointment of officials.

Dino J. Dotson