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Edinburgh wins out to host the World Sprint Orienteering Championships in 2022Great news for Edinburgh

There were 2 bidders, Edinburgh and Paris

The Sprint World Orienteering Championships 2022 are coming to Scotland after Edinburgh was awarded the event by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), beating Paris for the honour.

The Scottish capital was successful after an innovative joint bid was submitted by The Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Company, Scottish Orienteering Association, EventScotland, the City of Edinburgh Council, British Orienteering and University of Edinburgh to host the event in the middle of July 2022.

The decision to award Edinburgh the World Orienteering Championships 2022 follows the city being shortlisted by the IOF earlier this year and a visit by officials in May to see the city’s world-class venues and facilities that will make it the perfect host. There were two bidders for WOC 2022; Edinburgh and Paris.

The IOF World Orienteering Championships brings together the best teams from around the world to compete across three main disciplines – individual sprint, sprint relay and knock-out sprint. An anticipated 250 athletes from 50 countries are expected to attend the Championships, bringing with them additional coaching staff and supporters. In addition to the main Championship races, there will also be a full programme of spectator races suitable for all levels of orienteering ability and competitive classes for all ages.

The Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Co Ltd is delivering the event as the Local Applicant on behalf of the British Orienteering Federation.

This is great news for Edinburgh.