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Hermed oplæg til debatten på IOF kongressen i aug. Inden da håber jeg på en bred debat i hele forbundet men specielt blandt eliteløbere, trænere, eliteudvalget og hovedbestyrelsen, således at DOF på kongressen kan bidrage til en god debat og beslutninger om, hvordan den internationale elites program skal være i fremtiden.
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"From: IOF / Barbro Ronnberg
The IOF Council proposes new concept for Elite Events


It is of decisive importance to raise the profile of the sport to further the spread of orienteering to more people and new areas, and to get orienteering into the Olympic Games.

This is the starting point for Council's various proposals to the XX IOF Congress being held in Leibnitz, Austria in the first week of August 2000.

The proposals include Event Quality Improvement, Orienteering on TV, and a new Concept for Development of IOF Elite Events. New forms of races are proposed and a new World Championships Programme is outlined.

- Action, excitement, and atmosphere are essential ingredients in making orienteering events more spectator and media friendly and, in particular, TV friendly. To achieve this, new events and new forms of competitions have to
be developed at the same time as the fundamental spirit of the sport is maintained, says the IOF President Sue Harvey.

In summary Council proposes that:
1. the basic structure of the future Elite Events programme be based on:
· a series of World Events and
· a series of Regional Events
2. we focus on four basic forms of races
· sprint (10-15 min)
· short (30-35 min)
· classic (60-95 min)
· relay (classic and mixed)
3. the future WOC programme includes only finals
4. a "WOC-week" includes more races
· mixed relay
· sprint, time trial
· sprint, chase start
· short, time trial
· short, chase start
· classic, time trial or combination
· relay, classic
5. the World Cup is
· based on existing, high status/profile events,
· maximum 12 individual and 3 relay events

We need more attractive, exciting and TV-friendly orienteering events. The delegates at the Congress will be invited to support a convention expressing some of the more important measures;
· increase the visibility by organising our events closer to where people are
· make our event centres more attractive
· improve the event centre atmosphere, and the excitement, by having both
start and finish at the centre
· have our main events televised by adapting course setting, start intervals and competition formats to meet requirements for making thrilling TV sport
· improve the media service by better catering for the needs of media representatives
· pay more attention to promoting our sponsors and external partners
The purpose of the convention is to express that the world's orienteering officials jointly agree on the ambition to develop our events. By working
together we can create a change.

IOF Elite Events
The continuing goal of the IOF is the further spread of orienteering to more people and in more places. The most important route to achieve this is to make orienteering better known by staging attractive, high quality world events. International exchange and participation in events all over the world should be encouraged. In developing the programme we shall ensure that
our events meet established quality standards and are organised world wide.

Our objectives

Our Elite Events Programme shall meet a number of objectives;
· Provide the best runners in the world with an opportunity to meet and compete for titles and honour
· Attract public and media interest, and hence the interest of sponsors and new recruits
· Give member federations a possibility to show to their domestic public and media the best orienteers in the world, promoting national development
· Give emerging elite runners a possibility to develop their skills in international competition
In designing the programme we shall consider and respect the limitations such as, the runners' amateur status, and the federations' resources.

The Base Programme
We shall have an Elite Events Programme, which includes:
· A series of World Events under the auspices of the IOF (World Championships, World Cups, Multi-sport Games). These events are meant for the top elite and require competing on a world wide basis. The number of competition days in the World Events programme should not exceed 20 days per year. WOCs shall be organised every second year.
· A series of Regional Events, planned by the IOF and carried out in co-operation between member federations concerned (Regional World Class
Events). These events are planned to allow wider international participation from member countries. It is also intended to establish Continental Championships on all continents.

New Forms of Events/Disciplines
We shall focus on four basic forms of races:
· Sprint, 10-15 min.
· Short, 30-35 min.
· Classic, 60-95 min.
· Relay, classic and mixed
We shall have an open attitude towards changing our traditional form of competition (time trial with 3 or 2 minutes start interval). Combined events (time trial and chase start), mass start (one-man-relay) and other forms should be tested and if found attractive be introduced in the regular programme.
We shall pay maximum attention to making our events attractive for competitors, officials, media, spectators, sponsors and external partners.

The "WOC-week"
A future WOC programme shall only include finals, which allows for more different types of events during the week. Qualifications shall be made
prior to the WOC, or in qualification events prior to, but in conjunction with, the WOC. A system limiting the number of runners from any one country should be maintained.

A WOC scenario could be:
Day 1: Mixed relay
Day 2: Sprint, time trial (in the morning)
Sprint, chase start (in the evening)
Day 3: Short, time trial
Day 4: Short, chase start
Day 5: Classic
Day 6: Relay, classic

The World Cup
The World Cup may comprise a mixture of separate World Cup events and other high status events. The Cup should include a maximum of 12 individual and 3 relay events.
Of the individual events there should be at least three events each of sprint, short and classic. Points can be counted for each discipline and
overall. Events should be grouped to reduce cost of travel.
The integration of the World Cup into existing high status and high quality events will ensure that the Cup receives maximum attention from media and from the public and sponsors.

Fairness maintained
When competition forms change to more compact and fast, but also more exciting forms, there is always a risk of having to compromise with
fairness. Decreasing start intervals increases the risk of having runners following each other.
Council has carefully considered and evaluated this risk when proposing the new concept for the IOF Elite Events. The matter of fairness is now being tackled in different ways:
- the technical aspects, in particular in relation to course setting
- the ethical aspect, attitudes have to change
- the rules aspect, ensuring rules are obeyed

2 min. start interval WOC 2001 classic Council has approved a deviation from the competition rules regarding the start interval for the classic distance at WOC 2001 in Finland. With a
reduced time span for the classic distance, the host broadcaster (the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation) has announced that it intends to televise all of the three finals during the WOC. With the assistance of the European Broadcasting Union, the live recordings will be made available internationally.

New format for the WOC 2003?
The Swiss organisers of the WOC 2003 has approached Council to discuss possibilities to include already in WOC 2003 some of the ideas included in Council's proposal to this year's Congress. A sprint event is now being discussed as a very realistic opportunity. The organisers also suggest, in line with the Council strategy proposal, to develop the format for the classic distance to become a more fast, exciting and compact event. Early ideas involve making the event into a 2-day competition with the first day
devoted to a time trial with 2 min. start interval, followed by a chase start for the best runners from the time trial in day 2. Winning times the second day to compare with current rules.

Excellent showing in 2001 a must The International Olympic Committee (IOC) aims at making the World Games (WG) a premium multi-sport event. The IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch
recently stressed the importance of the National Olympic Committees' involvement in the WG.
With the closer relationship between the IOC and the IWGA, the World Games become a very important stepping stone towards the Olympics.
Orienteering is included in the programme of the next World Games to be held in Akita, Japan, from 16th to 26th August 2001. In terms of number of
participants, orienteering will be among the five biggest sports.
This will be our first showing at a major multi-sport games. It is a great challenge to the IOF and the local organisers to present excellent events,and an equally great challenge to the IOF member federations and the top runners to make it a worthy, high quality competition.
The Japanese broadcaster, in co-operation with TWI, will produce and distribute TV coverage live and as edited highlights for the world. At the
1997 World Games, TWI reached a total of 200 million households in Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

The XX Congress and General Assembly
Many important issues regarding the future route of orienteering are to be discussed and decided upon at the 20th IOF Congress held at Schloss Seggau in Leibnitz, Austria in the first week of August. The future route in developing the elite events, criteria for introducing WOC in trail
orienteering, statutes amendments, activity plans and budgets are all items containing route choices. So are all the proposals put forward by member federations.

The IOF Seminar
We all agree that orienteering events need to be more media friendly. The main theme of the seminar to be held on Thursday 3rd August will be Elite Events, Event Quality and Orienteering on TV. The first session includes a TV show of different broadcasts followed by a vision - orienteering on TV in the future. This will be an important step in defining the requirements for
a better positioning of our sport in relation to the TV media.
The second session is devoted to a presentation of Council's proposal IOF Elite Events - A Concept for Development.

Criteria for a Trail-O WOC
Council proposes that a WOC in Trail-O is introduced when the following criteria are met:
- Trail-O a recognised discipline in 10 member federations of the IOF
- National Championships are held in a minimum of 7 countries

Activity Plan 2001-2002
Council proposes as main objectives:
- Orienteering positioned for inclusion in the Olympic Summer and Winter Games and other important multi-sport games
- The total quality of major IOF events meet all established standards
- The visibility of the sport is increased
Proposals from member federations
- NOR: introduction of a WOC in Park-O
- RUS: introduction of a Youth WOC
- NOR: programme for under 23 elite
- RUS: changes in WOC programmes
- RUS: new composition of the IOF Council
- NOR: an IOF strategy for the Internet
- NOR: IOF finances and voting structure

Wednesday 2nd August
18.00h Official Opening and reception
Thursday 3rd August
09.00h-15.00h IOF Seminar on the theme "Elite Events, Event Quality and Orienteering on TV"
15.00h IOF orienteering event
19.00h-21.00h Regional meetings
Friday 4th August
09.00h-17.00h IOF General Assembly
20.00h Closing Ceremony, Banquet"