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Japan and Hong Kong the only East Asian teams in JWOC 2019

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The Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) 2019 in Denmark finished yesterday (Friday 12 July) with the forest relay.

Japan and Hong Kong continue to be the only East Asian teams at JWOC. Both improved by one place in team ranking, concluding with 28th and 34th places respectively. Overall, the two teams performed as great as last year.

A highlight of this year’s JWOC, however, is Egypt’s debut. Egypt has joined the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) since around 2015. Will more countries follow the lead and join WOC and JWOC? Budget might be a problem for Asian teams to compete in Europe, where most major orienteering events take place. Maybe orienteering needs to be more visible in Asia to attract runners, sponsors and resources?

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Asia

Tropical Orienteering Week & World Ranking Event: prices increase soon!

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The Tropical Orienteering Week is coming! From 4 to 13 October, in cooperation with the Malaysian Orienteering Federation, you will get 10 days of orienteering enjoyment and 8 races in a new destination.

Join all 8 races now before prices increase after 1 July, only on ORIEN.ASIA.

Tropical Orienteering Week has 8 races from 4 to 13 October
Stages of the Tropical Orienteering Week in Kuantan, Malaysia.

The Week opens with a Micro-O on the night of the World Ranking Event (WRE) opening ceremony by the Malaysian Orienteering Federation, then it will be the Sprint WRE and Middle Distance National Ranking Event over the weekend. POLISAS (Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah) will be organising these two high level events.

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After an additional sprint on Monday, you’ll get two days of rest with the opportunity to go for excursions.

Four more races will then follow near downtown and on the beaches, and the Week ends with a chasing start in Tanjung Lumpur, deciding the overall results by the total amount of time on all days!

(Worried about orienteering in Malaysia? Read the FAQ article)

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There are plenty of price options as explained below:

4 price options from WRE weekend to whole week are available. Only on ORIEN.ASIA.
4 price options are available on ORIEN.ASIA. (Only here! They aren’t available on Eventor)

Note! That the combo price options are only available here on ORIEN.ASIA. The IOF Eventor entry is only for the WRE.

If you wish to join the first evening’s Micro-O, or stay longer for the other races, you MUST register here on ORIEN.ASIA instead. We will forward your WRE-number, SPORTident card number and other details to the Malaysian Orienteering Federation, so don’t worry!

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(Technical details of the WRE are available in the WRE Bulletin).

Prices increase after 1 July (that’s 3 days away), so act quick and register NOW!

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Hong Kong

3-day orienteering fun in Singapore, and more

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Singapore held its second Orienteering League just this weekend from 14 to 16 June, attended by 40–50 orienteers.

The three days include a night sprint in Tiong Bahru Park, a score-O in Kovan, and a final sprint in Woodlands.

Singapore Orienteering Leagues normally last for three days over a weekend. Due to the lack of large runnable forests, Singaporean events consist mainly of sprint orienteering. However, given Singapore is famous for being a Garden City, it also means a lot of nice, fun venues for sprints too!

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The next Singapore Orienteering League will be from 12 to 14 July.

More orienteering events in Asia the past weekend:

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Micro Orienteering in Taiwan

iTaiwan organised a day of orienteering experience for orienteers and newcomers. Besides micro orienteering, there is also a compass teaching session.

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Meanwhile in Hong Kong… sprints, sprints, more sprints!

Sprint orienteering events are blossoming like never in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was one of the earliest places in Asia to have orienteering (despite Japan and South Korea becoming IOF members earlier than Hong Kong). Blessed (from an outdoor lover’s point of view) with a rugged terrain, but with vegetation so dense that maps tend to be mostly green, Hong Kong orienteers have turned to sprints as a way to get the sport forward in the metropolis.

Dozens of sprint events await this year. Y2Y held the third of their sprint events (and Hong Kong ranking event) this year in Mui Wo, among a series of ten:

Pro-Active Orienteering Club (established in recent years) will kick off their series of four events from July:

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… and Metropolitan Orienteering Club (MetOC) with the sprint knockout in Tai Po on 7 July:

There are so many events in Hong Kong in 2019, such that there is, on average, one event per week for the remainder of this year. And that’s not yet counting the Historical Road Orienteering events and the World Cup Finals in adjacent Guangdong.

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