Gender Equality at IOF Events – Have your say

Winning times for men’s and women’s foot orienteering races – survey for all orienteers
The IOF recognizes that foot orienteering is its only discipline where winning times for men and women are different in some competitions. This is clearly the case at the major elite level where, for example, the long distance WOC victory time for men is 20 minutes longer than for women. This is also true at the Junior and Masters level (e.g. at the WMOC the Forest Qualifying Races and the Long Final have different victory times for men and women). Many federations also have different winning times for men and women for all age groups.

In 2016, Sweden presented a proposal to the IOF General Assembly to make victory times equal. The result of the vote was against the proposal. Discussions have now resumed within the IOF as to whether winning times should be equal for Elite long distance competitions and this survey is designed to provide data to aid the debate.

We would like your opinion on whether there should be equal winning times for men and women in different age groups, and if so, what the winning times should be.

Please complete this survey by Thursday, March 31, 2022 to provide your feedback.

You can find the survey here.

Want to have your say on gender equality in IOF Orienteering?
The FootO Commission has formed a working group to discuss a number of issues, and we are looking for 5-10 interested individuals to join the discussion as part of a reference group. This reference group will ideally represent current and former athletes, coaches, organizers, junior, senior and masters level orienteering, and people from different countries and backgrounds so that we can get many different perspectives on the question. We will consider the results of the investigation as part of the mission.

The questions we want to answer:

  • Should long distance winning times be the same for men and women at IOF FootO events?
  • If so, what should the winning times be?
  • Should winning times vary at senior level – e.g. 90-100 minutes at WOC, 70-80 at World Cup (or choice for organizers)?
  • What does this mean for times won in Junior and Masters events?
  • Should the running order of the Sprint Relay be the same in the future, and if not, how should it be in the future? Maybe change between each Sprint-WOC?

The commitment will likely be to participate in one or more online discussions in the spring, so that the IOF can make decisions on any weather changes for the 2023 season.
If you are interested in participating in the reference group, please email Graham Gristwood ([email protected]) with a short statement about your experience and why you want to participate.
Deadline Thursday March 31, 2022 for applications.

IOF FootO Gender Equality Task Force

Dino J. Dotson