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Saturday, July 21, 2012

WOC week and IOF Congress behind us

In Lausanne, Switzerland just finished World Orienteering Championships and IOF Congress. For the medals and best results 50 nations took their chances. Few of countries from our region also joined the IOF Development Clinic thanks to the special fund of IOF and Swiss O Federation. 
Kiril Nikolov (BUL)
Kiril Nikolov from Bulgaria, made a best result this year amongst SEEOWG countries with his 6th place in long finals.
At the General Assembly Montenegro and Cyprus were accepted as new members of IOF, so now the IOF have 73 members.
The IOF’s Strategic Directions 2012-2018 and the activity plan for the next Congress period (2013-2014).
A big part of the General Assembly today was taken up with discussion of the future model for the World Orienteering Championships. The model that carried favour at the end of the debate is next format: Sprint individual – interval start qualification and final, Sprint relay, mixed teams, Middle individual Final, Long individual Final, Relay. This means that form 2017  each nation will have at least one competitor in finals. Qualification rules will be decided later on.
At the 2012 IOF General Assembly, Brian Porteous, Great Britain has been elected IOF President.  For our region it is important to tell that Maria Silvia Viti (ITA) and Tatiana Kalenderoglu (TUR) have been elected to the IOF Council for the next coming two year period.
More over, in recognition of their service to the international orienteering sport over many years, Sergio Grifoni (ITA)  and Zoran Milovanovic (SRB)  were awarded with the IOF  bronze pins of honour.
Zoran Milovanovic (SRB), Tatiana Kalenderoglu (TUR), Maria Silvia Viti (ITA) and Sergio Grifoni (ITA)

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