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Turkey hosts World Cup opener

A new landmark in the growth of orienteering in Turkey will be set this weekend with the country hosting its first-ever World Cup event in any discipline. Twenty nations will be represented in a two-day World Cup Middle distance Qualification and Final competition, followed on Sunday by a Mixed Sprint Relay, the first race in the unofficial Sprint World Cup. 

The Event Centre for the races is the town of Kemer, south of the well-known holiday resort Antalya on the Mediterranean coast. The Middle Qualification race is on Friday at Tekirova in terrain described as “low visibility, stony ground”, with a 2-minute start interval.

The top 30 in the Qualification results go through to the A-Final on Saturday at Phaselis where they start in reverse order of the results, again every 2 minutes. All below 30th place run later in the B-final. Here the terrain is similar to Friday’s, and also contains a number of ancient ruins.

The Sunday Mixed Sprint Relay can be entered by a maximum of 3 official teams per nation consisting of 2 women and 2 men who will run in the order W-M-W-M. The event takes place in Kemer, an urban area with small parks, on a 1:4,000 scale map. This race will give teams valuable experience ahead of the introduction of this style of competition into the World Championships this year in Italy.

An open 4-day event is also being held, and the Turkish organisers have clearly been working hard to create a high-quality series of competitions and make the most of this opportunity to publicise and further develop orienteering in the country. Visit their attractive and informative website for more information.

Reports and leading results will be posted on the IOF Home Page after each race.


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