Intense start to the World Cup season in Sweden

International elite orienteering runners will have to strap on their fastest boots, when the 2022 World Cup season kicks off in Borås, Sweden, this week.

From Thursday to Sunday, three sprint competitions await you: individual sprint, knockout sprint and sprint relay, all on urban terrain in and around Borås.

Last year’s World Cup winners Tove Alexandersson (SWE) and Kasper Fosser (NOR) will be there to start their title defense.

Tove Alexandersson showed good form by winning the Swedish Sprint Knockout Championship a week ago and finishing second in the Individual Sprint the next day.

Kasper Fosser’s pre-season training has been hampered due to injury, but he finished second at the WOC Selection Races Sprint in Denmark and feels on his way back to full speed.

– It will be good to come back and compete again against the best in the world. I feel like my form is improving after battling injuries for a long time, so I think the World Cup in Borås will be a lot of fun. I’m going to put a lot of effort into it and overall it’s very important to me,” Fosser said at the races in Denmark.

If you can’t make it to Borås, IOF LIVE offers great options to follow Alexandersson, Fosser and the rest of the orienteering superstars during the competitions.

IOF LIVE commentators Katherine Bett and Jonas Merz will provide English commentary on the Web-TV stream for all competitions.

Here, Jonas Merz picks his favorites for Thursday’s women’s sprint.

Tickets are available at the IOF LIVE centre, where you will also find live results and GPS tracking.

The price of the TV stream is 6 EUR for one competition or 12 EUR for all three competitions.

Web-tv program – local time zone, CEST (UTC+2):
Thursday 5/26 Sprint 12:00 – 14:30
Saturday 28/5 Knockout Sprint 4:00 p.m. – 5:50 p.m.
Sunday 29/5 sprint relay 13:00 – 14.30

232 athletes from 25 different nations took part in the first round of the World Cup.

The 2022 World Cup season consists of three rounds, with nine competitions in total.

Dino J. Dotson