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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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China (mainland)

It’s summer time—now some summer events

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It’s June, and Midsummer is fast approaching. Summer in Sweden is cheerful matter—but no laughing matter in East Asia—think of an open-air sauna!

Still, it’s not going to deter Asian orienteers from having summer fun. Here we go with some summer events that recently happened!

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1. The many China event maps on ORoute

Xian Chengbin wrote the race evaluation app ORoute—basically a mobile version of QuickRoute—and posted a lot of maps on the ORoute Facebook page! A lot of the maps show just how wonderful the terrain is in China—although he seldom posts photos on that page—but seriously you all need to go in and follow the page!

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2. Korea competitions, late May

South Korea is not usually a popular place for international orienteers to go to, since there was usually little English information released. However, they have now improved by releasing a race calendar in English.

Moreover, the Asian Orienteering Championships (AsOC) are going to be in South Korea next year. This means the competitions late in May were attended by quite many international orienteers, among them Hongkongers.

3. Sprint competition in Taiwan

Summer means sprint orienteering in Sweden, and it’s true in Taiwan as well. Like Hong Kong, Taiwan’s orienteering scene is blossoming with many organisations and events, such as TWOA (not to be confused with the federation CTOA) and Moxina. Here, a sprint competition in Taipei just today (2 June):

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