Launch of a newly published book on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of orienteering in the Czech Republic

14. 5. 2020

On Wednesday May 13 a meeting of journalists with representatives of the Czech Orienteering Association took place at the headquarters of the Czech Olympic Committee in Prague.

The meeting was originally intended to launch the international event World Orienteering Day which however had to be canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic. The main point of the program was the presentation and launch of a newly published book on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of orienteering in the Czech Republic.

The introductory speech was given to Filip Šuman, Vice-Chairman of the Czech Olympic Committee who appreciated the unique friendly and family atmosphere that orienteering as a sport has and added that it is a great role model and inspiration for other sports. “Orienteering is also the only sport that is a regular part of both the summer and winter editions of the Children and Youth Olympics,” Šuman pointed out the ski orienteering. ČSOS (Czech Orienteering Association) vice-chairmen Ivan Matějů and Petr Klimpl presented the current situation in orienteering. Most international races including the World Championships in Denmark have been canceled and all official Czech orienteering competitions are cancelled until June 30. If the situation allows it, all Czech individual championships will take place during the autumn and the offer of regional races will also be expanded. Orienteering runners and those interested in orienteering sports can use educational maps or fixed control areas instead of competitions, which are available on website. Jan Picek, director of World Orienteering Championships 2021 acquainted journalists with the relocation of Euromeeting at the turn of October and November. “We firmly hope that the borders will be open and we will organize the race. We should welcome the teams in the strongest composition this year,” said Picek.