The WOC Clinic welcomes orienteers from three continents in June

When the World Orienteering Championships kick off in Denmark at the end of June, most of the approximately 350 expected participants will travel and stay with their national team. But for 15 runners, drawn from younger orienteering nations, that’s not an option. Therefore, they participate in the International Orienteering Federation’s WOC clinic held alongside the championships.

During WOC week, a large scout hut in one of the host towns, Vejle, welcomes runners and offers them a program of talks, orienteering practice and participation in WOC competitions. For most runners, this is their first World Orienteering Championships; therefore, the emphasis will be as much on the race as on the lectures on orienteering development and technique.

The WOC clinic is organized for the 11and time at the initiative of the OIF. Last year, 10 athletes took part in the WOC clinic in the Czech Republic and one of the participants, Eef van Dongen from the Netherlands (pictured), managed to qualify for the sprint final, where she finished impressively as number 16.

This year, the WOC Clinic welcomes 15 athletes from 9 different countries on 3 continents. Participants come from Argentina, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Moldova, the Netherlands, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The volunteers of the five organizing clubs OK SNAB, OK GORM, OK FROS, OK Melfar and Kolding OK are looking forward to welcoming the participants of the clinic in Vejle and welcoming them during the championships.

OIF Secretary General Sondre Gullord says:

– We are happy to once again invite runners from all over the world to join the clinic in cooperation with the WOC organizers and our partners: the Triangle region and Sport Event Denmark. We hope that they will gain a lot of experience in orienteering and that the clinics will contribute in the long term to promoting the global growth of orienteering and developing the sport around the world. Of course, I wish the riders good luck in the WOC competitions and look forward to following their races in Denmark.

Sport Event Denmark CEO Lars Lundov adds:

– We are happy that the IOF is organizing the clinic and even more happy to welcome participants from other parts of the world. I dare say that hosting major international sporting events is a great way to show the Danish approach to hosting and organisation.

Sport Event Denmark is the national sports event organization that offers and organizes sporting events in collaboration with federations and host cities.

The Orienteering World Championships in Denmark will be the first sprint-only WOC, with three competitions on June 26, 28 and 30 in Kolding, Fredericia and Vejle respectively. Sprint competitions are often held in urban areas as opposed to the longer distances that are held in forest areas.

The WOC was originally scheduled to be held in the summer of 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to the 350 participants from around 50 different nations, up to 1500 riders are expected to join the public races held during WOC week.

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Dino J. Dotson