Update: Training activities for WOC 2021 frozen for fairness reasons

22. 10. 2020

Update: October 30th, 2020

The IOF and WOC 2021 organisers have agreed on a freezing of all official training activities for WOC 2021 due to fairness reasons associated with new travel restrictions in the Czech Republic. Updated terrain embargoes have been published in IOF Eventor.

All official WOC forest training areas D1-D7, T1-T4, J1-J5 are temporarily embargoed. Level of embargo is not strict. Meaning that it is forbidden to do all kind of orienteering activities (eg. orienteering, running with map, route choice testing, etc.). It is allowed to enter the areas without a map for jogging, running training on tracks or similar. Sprint training areas S1-S7 remain open. Other areas remain under strict embargo.

Due to the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Czech Republic has put in place travel restrictions which make it practically impossible for certain nations citizens, primarily from outside the European Union (EU) but also within the EU, to travel to the Czech Republic. This means that, from a basic fairness perspective, teams and individual athletes are not allowed equal access to training opportunities for WOC 2021 on site in the Czech Republic.

We ask national teams and individual athletes, who may not be affected by travel restrictions, to respect the above call for Fair Play and embargo of official WOC forest training areas.

Please review and understand the updated terrain embargoes in IOF Eventor. The terrains will be declared open and training activities restored as soon as travelling into the Czech Republic is possible again and equal access can be achieved. The organisers will update the information as required and by January 2021 at the latest will inform all teams about changes to planned official training activities.