wc :: world cup 2008 details


At the recent IOF Council meeting a number of changes to the World Cup series were discussed and outlined.

The biggest change is that the qualification system has been simplified, with each round standing separately from the others in terms of qualification for finals.

Other main changes are the addition of three extra races to the series, including a chasing start long distance race at the O-Fest in Norway, and an increase to the number of participants from each nation. This will allow the top 6 nations to enter up to 8 men and 8 women, and other nations to enter up to 6 men and 6 women. Home nations, with the exception of the EOC & WOC races, can enter a further 4 men and 4 women.

The race program for 2008 looks like this:
1. 26 May, Sprint distance, EOC, Latvia
2. 28 May, Long distance, EOC, Latvia
3. 31 May, Middle distance, EOC, Latvia
4. 20 Jun, Middle Distance, O-Festival, Norway
5. 21 Jun, Long Distance, Chase start, O-Festival, Norway
6. 13 Jul, Sprint Distance, WOC, Czech Republic
7. 17 Jul, Middle Distance, WOC, Czech Republic
8. 19 Jul, Long Distance, WOC, Czech Republic
9. 22 Jul, Sprint Distance, O-Ringen, Sweden
10. 23 Jul, Middle Distance, O-Ringen, Sweden
11. 24 Jul, Long Distance, Mass Start, O-Ringen, Sweden
12. 4 Oct, Middle Distance, Post Finance Sprint, Switzerland
13. 5 Oct, Sprint Distance , Post Finance Sprint, Switzerland

More information can be found on the IOF website

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