Foot orienteering: After 18 years The World Cup is again in Poland
More than 200 world leading athletes will take part in The World Cup in foot orienteering.
The competition will be held from 30 April to 2 May, 2016 in Wrocław, Trzebnica and Sobótka. Sprints will be held on the Big Island of Wrocław, middle-distance running in Sobótka (5-6.5 kilometre) and sprint relay in Trzebnica. The changes zone will be specified in the market. Four-person teams, consisting of two women and two men, will need approximately an hour to cover a certain distance. The World Federation of Foot Orienteering regards the competitions as the most important test before The World Games 2017, which will be hosted by Wrocław.
Lower Silesia competitions will take place just before the European Championship that will be held three weeks later in Jesenik in the Czech Republic. As a result, Poland will host the best representatives of the “Green Sport”, inter alia Daniel Hubmann and Tove Alexandersson. The Swiss is a two-time gold medallist at The World Games, the four-time world champion, the European champion. He won the overall classification of The World Cup four times. In addition, he was on the podium of the most important events more than forty times. The Swede, Tove Alexandersson, is the leader of the world ranking of The World Federation of Foot Orienteering. At the international competitions she won nearly twenty medals, including two at The World Games 2013 in Cali.
For the Polish players The World Cup is an important part of preparations for the TWG held in 2017. The result in the top ten will be success. The leading hundred of the world ranking includes two Polish women and two Polish men, including Wojciech Kowalski – training in Silesia, Wrocław. His achievements include inter alia the world’s junior vice-championship and the world’s military vice-championship.
– The World Cup is accompanied by the O-games, in which everyone can take part. We will prepare the routes of varying difficulty. In Scandinavia, where foot orienteering is very popular, even 5.000 people aged from 10 to over 70 years old take part in the events accompanying the professionals. We hope that the viewers will try to run with the map also during our event – says Wojciech Dwojak, the president of the Lower Silesia Foot Orienteering Association.
The World Cup was organized in Poland twice – in 1990 in Złoty Potok and 1998 in Kraków.