What is the Asian Cup?

In 2018, a new name became the talk of the Asian orienteering community—the Asian Cup. Its conception follows a line of newly founded Asian-wide events, which also include the Asian Junior and Youth Orienteering Championships (AsJYOC) and the Asian Trail Orienteering Championships.

While Europe is already widely known as the “hinterland” of the orienteering sport with an abundance of “European-wide” events (EOC, EYOC, ETOC…), the trend is just catching up in Asia with only a handful of countries (mainly in East Asia) with sufficient talent to field teams. Many more countries (mainly in Southeast Asia) still in a foundation stage with a very small core of orienteers. So why the Asian Cup, and how is it different from the other Asian-wide events (AsOC etc.)?

The Asian Cup

The Asian Cup is led and administered by the Orienteering Association of Hong Kong, which is also one of the first places in Asia to have formal orienteering (see the article Did you know…?)

OAHK has set up a website to host information relating to the four Asian-wide events (AsOC, Asian Cup, AsJYOC, ATOC), which looks largely identical in design to the OAHK website.

Unlike the World Cup in orienteering, there is no such thing as an independent Asian Cup stage event. Most Asian Cup events are World Ranking Events, but the Asian Cup also includes the Asian Orienteering Championships. Relay events (sprint/forest) may also be included.

Participation in the Asian Cup is restricted to elite competitors registered by their federations, and no more than 30 males and 30 females per federation (Note: this equals the maximum number of people allowed to join the Elite class in Hong Kong ranking events each year, separately for sprint and middle/long distance events). IOF top level event rules also apply (must hold full passport of that country, must have IOF athlete license). Cup results are computed using a 40-rank scoring system ranging from the 1st (100 points) to the 40th rank (9 points) for each stage. Other finishers will be given 5 points for each stage. Scores and overall titles are awarded to both individuals and federations.

Which events are included in the Asian Cup?

The calendar of the 2019 Asian Cup that year, as announced by OAHK, is as follows:

  • Japan, 14 April 2019 (All Japan Orienteering Championship in Nikko)
  • Malaysia, 5 October 2019 (Malaysia Polytechnic Orienteering Championship in Kuantan, also see Tropical Orienteering Week)
  • Taipei, 12–13 October 2019 (Kinmen Orienteering Championships)
  • China, date to be confirmed (editor’s note: very likely to be the final stage of the Historical Road Championships this year on 14–15 October 2019)

Who won the Asian Cup last year?

See this file. We haven’t found the federation scores but you can add the athletes’ scores up and get the result.

Got itchy feet?

Remember that the Asian Cup is limited to Asian elite athletes only, so unless you take up the nationality of one of the participating federations, you can’t really be part of it. However, most events are also World Ranking Events at the same time so it’s a good idea to check the calendar and book your trip (why not consider the Tropical Orienteering Week in Malaysia?)

Tropical Orienteering Week now open for entries!

You’d probably have read our promotion for the Tropical Orienteering Week, to be held in Kuantan, Malaysia in October 2019. If you haven’t, here’s your chance to learn more about our first large-scale orienteering event in Asia!

Why Tropical O-Week?

We are continually expanding our promotion and offer for unique orienteering experiences in Asia, a continent where the existence of the sport is not known by even many in the orienteering community worldwide, yet offers unforgettable memories for the orienteers who made it there.

Southeast Asia is a popular region for tourists worldwide to come for holidays. It’s also one of the fastest growing orienteering regions in the world—the sport has set its foot in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the first of which has even held its first Sprint World Ranking Event (WRE) last year (2018).

Malaysia will be returning with its second and third WREs (both also sprints) in 2019. The second WRE in October will be held in Kuantan, a bustling town on the east coast of Malaysia. To support this occasion, we’ll be organising a Tropical O-Week to enhance and promote the tropical orienteering experience, which you’ll sure want to discover.

The third WRE in December will be held near Kuala Lumpur and we’re exploring the opportunity to cooperate with local organisers and expand to a sprint-focused orienteering week as well.

Teluk Cempedak, near Kuantan, will be part of an orienteering venue we will use for the Orienteering Week (photo: Sihyoong, Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Who’s organising?

The Kuantan WRE and National Ranking Event are organised by the POLISAS (Politeknik Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah), a university college in Kuantan.

Other events in the week will be held by ORIEN.ASIA, led by Raphael Mak, an event organiser with four years of experience in Hong Kong and now living in Sweden.

What events will there be?

There will be 8 events. Check out the schedule and details on the O-Week page!

Is it expensive to get there?

No. Flying to Kuantan costs around €600 return for the O-Week period (search on Skyscanner as of 7 April 2019, departure from Copenhagen Kastrup). Flying to Kuala Lumpur, then taking a 4-hour bus to Kuantan, is likely to be less expensive.

If you’re worried about climate change effects of aviation, you can always take a train to China, then onwards with trains and buses through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia (seat61.com has excellent advice on this).

Hotels are very cheap in Kuantan: even the luxury Hyatt Regency Resort at Teluk Cempedak will cost you no more than €100 per night. If you’re not that upscale, you can book a room for €30 to €40 a night at a nice three-star hotel downtown, or even cheaper if you’re going for budget options like hostels.

I’m ready! Where can I sign up?

Have you read the details? Decided? Now sign up at our shop!

Remember that we have limited-time discounts, the first of which will expire already in less than a month!

Tropical Orienteering Week, Kuantan, Malaysia, 4-13 October 2019, 8 races and 4 training maps with 1 World Ranking Event!

AsJYOC 2019 Japan Spectator Races announced

The third edition of the Asian Junior and Youth Orienteering Championships will be held this summer in Hokuto, Japan. The organisers have promised spectator races—here they come—they have announced three days of spectator races (30 August–1 September) with Sprint (Day/Night), Middle Distance WRE, and Long Distance.

That’s all for the meantime—more details will come in May. But enough reason to start planning for a Japan trip maybe?

Arrival at Tokyo Haneda. Hokuto is in the mountains west of Tokyo (northwest of Mount Fuji).
Arrival at Tokyo Haneda Airport.
Hokuto is in the mountains west of Tokyo (northwest of Mount Fuji).

Still not signed up for the 1st Singapore sprint ranking series? Don’t miss it!

Remember we talked about Singapore’s first ranking event series (19-21 April)?

In case you missed the early bird discount in March, no worriesOrienteering Federation Singapore now extends the early bird discountexclusively for readers of ORIEN.ASIA!

To use the discount, remember to Register here and enter the discount code SingaporeO.

You can find more details of the ranking series on the event page on Facebook.

Singapore starts orienteering ranking league this year!

Ever been to Singapore for orienteering? Not quite a popular competition destination for orienteers (yet), but it’s rising quick among the Asian orienteers!

A ranking league is not only important for the fair comparison of athletes. It can also be a boost to publicity and attract more people to the sport. As a higher level event, ranking events are often opportunities for orienteers across regions to mix and chill, like Hong Kong recently did by designating one of the ranking events as a “Guangdong-HK-Macau Championships”.

This year, Singapore will be joining the ranks of major orienteering nations by starting a ranking league. The first event will be held in April and spread out to 3 days, each day with a different location and format:

If you’re going to be in Singapore that weekend, this is sure to be something you don’t want to miss.

Did you know…?

We love orienteering! (Photo from MetOC Knockout Sprint 2017)
  1. Hong Kong is probably the earliest place in Asia to have orienteering as a sport. Being one of the last remaining British colonies in the 20th century, the British Armed Forces brought the sport from Europe to Hong Kong in the 1950s/1960s, then taught the police and the scouts how to play it, then taught other people etc.
  2. From Hong Kong the sport went on to other places in Asia: starting from Mainland China in the 1980s, orienteering is now played in well over a dozen countries and regions (see Destinations)
  3. There are 7 countries/regions in Asia (excluding the Middle East) which have hosted IOF high-level events (WRE, AsOC, WOC) at least once: China, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia
  4. China mostly uses its own two systems, Chinahealth and Learnjoy, the latter of which is on IOF’s provisional approval list for WRE events. Hong Kong once used the Norwegian punch system EMIT, but switched to SPORTident some time around 2014 (some clubs use the Chinese systems however). Japan still uses EMIT.
  5. If you’ve been to Britain for orienteering, chances are that you’d been required to bring a whistle with you in the woods. Same applies to Hong Kong, where the rules of the sport are derived from British ones (due to point 1 above).
  6. There is currently (as of 2019) one IOF council member from Asia (also the only non-European member), Dominic Yue who is also the chairman of the Orienteering Association of Hong Kong.
Chinahealth is made in Shenzhen, China

Big Dipper 10-Day Wave Orienteering Competition ends in YunNan,China

The first few days in the city of Kunming and surroundings in Yunnan province in China’s Southwest were fascinating.

There are few opportunities in the life of a university student to meet on one spot hundreds of people from places all across China and even Europe, while at the same time to enjoy the natural scenery and typical food of the hosts.

All these characters and chapters in our Kunming story have one thing in common: the challenging discipline of orienteering which combines the ability to run and the ability to navigate through an unknown territory with a map and a compass.

The annual 10-day orienteering gathering we are attending was founded in 2016 by mappers from Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangdong province.

With the aim to provide a platform for competing, training, and exchange of ideas, and with the mission to create a wave of interest for orienteering across China, its Chinese name was translated into “Big Dipper 10-Day Wave”.

Thanks to our extremely dedicated and loving organisers, we have had the privilege to run in a small village, on university campuses, in a shopping mall, in an pear orchard, a hill forest above a Taoist temple, and a lakeside golf course.

Each of the tracks came with its own challenges; the windy alleys and many corners of the village, or the impassable fences and rough terrain of the pear orchard demanded a lot of attention and precision.

Among the orienteering enthusiasts in our training there are parents and their children, as well as teachers and their students.

By sharing the passion for orienteering, we all are a colourful mosaic of individuals contributing to the diversity of our training.

 

For some orienteering may be just a competition, however in our 10-day training orienteering is a means to learn and be inspired by others, to reflect on our performance, and to strive for improvement.

Friendships created in our Kunming story resemble the fulfilling sensation of getting to know an orienteering map by running and analysing it.

The more we discuss together the map and the various routes each of us attempted after a competition, the clearer the contours and colours of our individual personalities and orienteering abilities become, and the more we learn from each other.

 

The most inspiring thing is to meet fellow orienteering enthusiasts from so many different places and backgrounds who are willing to share their experience.

I firmly believe that after the last run our passion for orienteering and our new friendships will not fade away. An unstoppable wave of orienteering enthusiasm lays ahead of us.

Taipei

Taiwan events now available on our calendar

We have now loaded 32 Taiwan events (plus one overseas training camp in Japan by Moxina Orienteering) on our Asian events calendar. However, the sources (CTOA and Moxina) are almost exclusively in Chinese which means that most events are in Chinese and it will take some time to translate them. Anyway, enjoy!

Most cities in Taiwan are reachable by 1-2 hours of direct flight from Hong Kong, with more international connections in Taipei and Kaohsiung.

MetOC launches app with Asian calendar function

Metropolitan Orienteering Club of Hong Kong (MetOC) has launched an app that makes it possible to check events quickly and links to major entry channels such as IOF Eventor.

App menu
Although the app is mainly targeted at orienteering in Hong Kong (links to weather reports in Hong Kong are included), the app has an Asian calendar—although it’s still quite sporadic and more will be added!

Asian events

Find it useful for planning your next trip to Asia? Then you might want to download it from this Google Play page. (Apple users sorry, an iOS version will come soon!)

Download MetOC app