Edinburgh beats Paris to 2022 Sprint World Orienteering Championships
Edinburgh, Scotland has been awarded hosting rights to the Sprint World Orienteering Championships in 2022, after seeing off a rival bid from Paris, France.
An anticipated 250 athletes from 50 countries are expected to attend the championships in July 2022, which will comprise three disciplines: individual sprint, sprint relay and knock-out sprint.
The bid team, which was made up of the Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Company, Scottish Orienteering Association, EventScotland, the City of Edinburgh Council, British Orienteering and the University of Edinburgh, said that alongside the professional races, there will be a full programme of spectator races suitable for all levels of orienteering ability and competitive classes for all ages.
Scotland most recently staged the World Orienteering Championships in 2015, in Inverness.
Tom Hollowell, chief executive of the International Orienteering Federation, the sport's governing body, said: “The IOF vision for the Sprint World Orienteering Championships, of bringing it to exciting international venues, is coming true. Scotland has extensive experience in organising high-level events.”
The IOF will now appoint a senior event advisor to work closely with the steering group and organisation committee to oversee the delivery of the event. Tasks will include reviewing and agreeing race venues, TV rights and appointment of officials.
Paul Bush, VisitScotland’s director of events, said: “This is an excellent result following the hard work by the bid partners to secure this important international event for the Scottish capital. Over the years, Scotland has developed the capacity and capability to deliver a wide range of sporting and cultural events, and it is our globally recognised reputation along with our experience in event delivery that makes Scotland the perfect stage for events.”
The World Orienteering Championships are being split from next year in a new alternating system of forest and sprint events that was agreed by IOF member associations back in 2015.
The inaugural sprint championships will be staged in the Danish cities of Vejle, Fredericia and Kolding in 2020, with the first two forest editions to be held in Østfold, Norway (2019) and Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic (2021).