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INTERNATIONAL ORIENTEERING FEDERATION

PRESS RELEASE
2nd October, 2000


SPRINT RACE TO BE INCLUDED
in the 2001 World Orienteering Championships

The organisers of the 2001 World Orienteering Championships in Finland have
agreed to include a Sprint in the championships programme. The event will
be held on Sunday, 29th July, prior to the opening ceremony.

- I am extremely pleased with the outcome of the negotiations. Considering
that a major part of the national orienteering federations already have
decided on their activities for 2001, this is undoubtedly the best possible
solution, says the IOF President Sue Harvey.

- The inclusion of an additional event in the already heavy programme with
such a short notice causes the organisers a considerable additional workload
and extra costs. The IOF is indeed grateful to the the WOC 2001 organiser
for their willingness to take on this extra task, says Sue Harvey

The IOF Congress held in August this year decided that a World Championship
in sprint be introduced and organised every second year. The Congress also
decided that, if technically possible, the sprint should be introduced
already in 2001. Following this decision, the Finnish Orienteering
Federation was asked to investigate the possibilities of adding a sprint
event to the already confirmed World Championship programme.

Additional information, such as selection criteria and other technical
details, will be given by the end of October.

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