- 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.
- 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)
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
Asian Championships (AsOC) in Hong Kong ended with middle distance and relay. Japan took the most high-ranks in middle distance while Hong Kong and China teams went well in sprint. A few European runners were top, e.g. Vojtěch Král and Denisa Kosová from the Czech Republic. Full results (relay results not posted yet at the time of writing) available on www.oahk.org.hk.
Tomorrow (30 Dec) is the long distance which concludes the WRE-series in Guangdong and Hong Kong. However, something bigger will take place in China—the World Cup finals will come to Guangdong in October 2019, with a focus on sprint.
First start 10am in Hong Kong (3am in Sweden/Central Europe)! Are the teams ready?
Other teams like Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, China, Kazakhstan, India etc. are also in. Some non-Asian orienteers like Yannick Michiels will also compete.