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International Orienteering Federation

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is the international governing body of the sport of orienteering. The IOF head office is located in Karlstad, Sweden.[1]

International Orienteering Federation
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Map of the members of the IOF according to their region.
Abbreviation IOF
Formation May 21, 1961; 57 years ago (1961-05-21)
Type Federation of national sports associations
Headquarters Drottninggatan 47 3-1/2 tr
Karlstad
Sweden
Region served
Worldwide
Membership
73 national federations
President
Leho Haldna
Secretary General
Tom Hollowell
Affiliations International Olympic Committee
Website www.orienteering.org

The IOF governs four orienteering disciplines: foot orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, ski orienteering, and trail orienteering.[2]

Contents

HistoryEdit

The IOF was founded on 21 May 1961 at a Congress held in Copenhagen, Denmark by the orienteering national federations of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.[3] By 1969, the IOF represented 16 countries, including its first two non-European member federations representing Japan and Canada,[4] and in 1977 the IOF was recognised by the International Olympic Committee.[3]

MembershipEdit

Governance structureEdit

The IOF is governed by an elected Council consisting of a President, a Senior Vice President, two Vice Presidents, and seven other Council members.[8] Day-to-day operations of the IOF are the responsibility of the IOF Secretary General.[1] Several standing commissions of the IOF are responsible for the development of the sport worldwide. These commissions include: Foot Orienteering, MTB Orienteering, Ski Orienteering, Trail Orienteering, Environment, IT, Map, Medical, and Rules.

Presidents[9][10]Edit

AffiliationsEdit

Since 1977, the IOF has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee.[3]

The IOF is also a member of the following organisations:[3]

PublicationsEdit

The IOF publishes a wide variety of journals and reference works related to the sport. These include Orienteering World, an annual magazine, The Scientific Journal of Orienteering, the OZine,[11] and official editions of the rules of IOF sanctioned orienteering[12] and specifications for orienteering maps.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Secretariat". International Orienteering Federation. Archived from the original on 2011-06-26. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  2. ^ "About the IOF". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d "History". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  4. ^ Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club. "Orienteering History". Momentech Software Services. Archived from the original on 2006-01-08. Retrieved 2006-02-19. 
  5. ^ "National Federations". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Regions". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  7. ^ lof.lv
  8. ^ "Council". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  9. ^ "Past and present Councils". IOF. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  10. ^ "Leho Haldna from Estonia is the new IOF President". IOF. Retrieved 2017-08-04. 
  11. ^ "Publications". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  12. ^ "Rules". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  13. ^ "Mapping". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02.