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General Assembly Focus: Member Proposal Sweden

Several proposals are up for decision at the General Assembly in August, and one of the comes from the Swedish Orienteering Federation.

Proposal regarding winning time for international Championships and World Cup.

The proposal concerns the winning times for international championships and the World Cup. At the Swedish Federation General Assembly on March 13, 2016, a decision was made to change the winning times for women’s elite classes to be the same as for men. It was also decided that the same proposal should be made to the IOF General Assembly. The proposal states that “Today, the winning time for women and men differs. In other sports women and men compete during the same time and there is no reason why women cannot compete the same time as men in orienteering.”, and goes on to list the proposed winning times in minutes. You can read the full proposal in the IOF Congress Binder 2016 (pages 104-106).

Council’s view on the SWE proposal regarding winning times at international championships and World Cup competitions.

The IOF Council has reviewed the Swedish proposal proposing equal winning times for both women’s and men’s classes, and has consulted with the IOF Foot Orienteering commission (FOC) and the Foot Orienteering Athletes’ Commission. Winning times as stated in the rules of IOF disciplines are already harmonized with equal winning times for both genders, with the exception of long distance competitions in Foot Orienteering. Council supports the principle in the first part of the Swedish Federation proposal, i.e. to apply the same winning times, for both women’s and men’s classes, for international championships and World Cup, both for juniors and seniors. However, Council does not support the second part of the Swedish Federation proposal, which specifies the winning times to be applied for the various competitions. The General Assembly should decide upon the principles of our sport and not the detailed rules for each discipline. Council instead proposes that the specific winning times shall be set in the rules based upon the recommendations of the discipline commissions of the IOF.

Athletes’ Commission Survey.

Faced with the possibility of an increase of the long distance estimated winning time for the women, the FootO Athletes’ Commission conducted a survey of elite women orienteers, in order to give a recommendation based on the views of the athletes themselves. Based on the results of this survey, the Athletes’ Commission recommended that:

  • The winning time for the women’s long distance event (at world champs/world cup level) should be increased to 80-85 minutes.
  • The men’s long distance estimated winning time should not be decreased to match the women’s EWT.
  • The new women’s EWT should be reviewed 2-3 years after implementation with regard to increasing it again to match the men’s EWT.

You can read the full survey results here.

General Assembly Decision

The decision whether to accept the Swedish proposal or not rests with the General Assembly on 26 August.


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