Orienteering Australia will apply to the International Orienteering Federation for World Ranking Event status for AOC2021. This will be for the 3 national individual championships (Sprint, Middle and Long). We are hopeful this will transpire because WRE status was awarded to these competitions for the 2020 versions.
Here’s why World Ranking Events are meaningful for elites:
Established in 1998, the WRE scheme was created by the IOF to provide a means of establishing qualification and starting orders for major IOF events such as World Cups and the World Orienteering Championships.
Each year, a number of IOF-sanctioned events are held by national orienteering federations. Competitors gain valuable ranking points which contribute to World Ranking Lists.
The chance to grab points in Australia means a lot to our elite orienteers, and New Zealand elites as well. Most WRE events are in Europe, and so the chance to get points close to home is too good to miss.