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imurphy
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Post Orienteering belongs in the Olympics
on: July 21, 2021, 14:58
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The club email account was sent this from a chap in Texas, USA.
As the reasons are as good and as ever and with the olympics starting Friday it's worth a read.
https://www.studiovidenda.com/olympics-reasons

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johnmccull-
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Post Re: Orienteering belongs in the Olympics
on: July 26, 2021, 19:07
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From a publicity and promotional perspective, inclusion in the olympics might bring a lot of exposure to orienteering. Orienteering has been recognised as an olympic sport since 1977 but it has never actually been included. There are now 76 countries affiliated to the International Orienteering Federation (IOF). The IOF has concentrated on having orienteering included in the World Games rather than the Olympics. One of the IOF's goals in their 2019-2022 development plan is to have Ski-O included in the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.

Not everyone agrees that inclusion in the Olympics would be beneficial to the sport, though.

As the article Ian mentions says, technological advances in areas like GPS tracking, drones, on-course cameras etc now make orienteering a spectator sport so the situation has changed since this review was published by IOA in 2000, although it is interesting from a historical perspective: https://orienteering.ie/tio/94/OLYMPICS.htm

John McC

 

imurphy
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Post Re: Orienteering belongs in the Olympics
on: January 11, 2022, 18:07
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I'm on this guy's mailing list now 😆 & the winter olympics starts Feb 4th, so if you feel like contributing to his initiative, feel free.
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Dear Orienteering Organization / Individual;
 
We contacted you last July to advocate for orienteering to become an Olympic sport (see below).  With the Winter Olympics coming up, we again "wave the orange and white"!  Yes, orienteering would be a summer event, but any Olympics in the news cycle is an opportunity to advance our cause.  
 
As before, please visit the links below for inspiration and justification, and forward as you wish.  We specifically invite and encourage orienteering organization leaders to approach their national Olympic committees and the International Olympic Committee with the goal of orienteering our way into the Olympics!  That is the pathway to fitting the square control flag into the round Olympic rings.  
 
With gratitude, respect, and regards,
 
Don Watenpaugh
Studio Videnda LLC
Rhode Island and Texas
USA
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20 July 2021
 
In support of our sport, please see this link
 
https://www.studiovidenda.com/olympics-reasons
 
and associated links
 
https://www.studiovidenda.com/data-art#/orienteering-olympics/
https://www.studiovidenda.com/orienteering-belongs-in-the-olympics-video
 
Forward as you wish!
 
Yours in orienteering,
 
Don Watenpaugh
Studio Videnda LLC
Rhode Island and Texas
USA

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