WOC 2015: Scotland!


Britain will host the 2015 World Orienteering Championships

We at Nopesport are thrilled to discover that Scotland will play host to the World Orienteering Championships in 2015, with the event based once again in Inverness. 

This will be the third time Scotland has hosted the event, following 1976 in Moray and 1999 in the Highlands. With a strong pedigree of World Class events in Scotland in recent years, coupled with the backing of Event Scotland, we're sure that the event will meet both the needs of competitors in the forest, spectators in the arena, and those following worldwide. 

The official press release states:

At a press conference today the International Orienteering Federation announced that British Orienteering will host the 2015 World Orienteering Championships. There was competition to stage the event with Sweden submitting a strong bid; however the strength of the British Orienteering bid won favour with the IOF.

The Championships will be based in Inverness during August 2015 and will utilise the world class terrain along the Moray coast and in the Cairngorms National Park. The Scottish 6 Days will run in parallel to the Championships and will bring 5000 competitors to the area boosting the local economy by an estimated £2 million.

The foundation of the British bid is the strong partnership which has developed between orienteering organisations, government agencies and the local community who all have a shared vision for the event.  The partners are: British Orienteering, the Scottish Orienteering Association, EventScotland, the Scottish 6 Days Event Company, and the Highland Council.

Congratulations go to all involved in the bid, and roll on 2015!

You can read our preview to the decision, which looks at some of the areas and discusses some of our hopes for the event, and discuss the news in our forum.

For anyone looking to get training for 2015, why not look ahead to the JK2012 in Perthshire and the Scottish 6 days 2013, in Moray.

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