World Orienteering Championship

Competition rules

The Competition Rules for IOF Foot Orienteering Events (edition of January 1, 2004) apply for WOC 2006.

Tracking
Tracking devices will be used during the finals and the relay.  This is an important part of the presentation of the competition on the big screen in the arena, during television transmission, and on the internet.

The tracking device is a 120 g electronic unit to be carried in a small strap on the back of the runner. The system has been used in several international orienteering events. The system is worn easily and is known not to compromise the performance of the runner. The company, TracTrac, is supplier of the system. Detailed information about the system can be obtained from the website of the company, http://www.tractrac.com/

The decision on the extent to which the tracking devices will be used during the competitions will be announced in Bulletin 4. It is compulsory for all runners in a class (or a specific leg during the relay) selected for tracking to wear the equipment. A runner will be provided with either an active unit or a dummy of the same weight and size as the active unit.

It will be possible to try the equipment during the model events.

The IOF has given the WOC organizer an exception from the WOC competitions rules in order to make the use of the tracking device compulsory. It means that the device must be worn during the whole race. Should an athlete due to his/her own fault finish the race without a unit he/she shall be disqualified.

Classes and Participation Restrictions

Each Federation may enter a team consisting of up to 7 women, 7 men and 8 team officials.

Participation by Race Discipline, WOC 2006

 
Discipline
Max number from each Federation W/M
Qualification race
No. of heats in Qualification
Qualified from each heat/total in Final
 

Sprint

3 (+World Champ)

Yes

3

15/45

 

Middle

3 (+World Champ)

Yes

3

15/45

 

Long

3 (+World Champ)

Yes

3

15/45

 

Relay

1 team, 3 legs

No

The current World Champion in each individual race discipline has a personal free place in the qualification race of the relevant discipline, provided that he/she is a member of his/her federation’s team.

Anti-Doping

Doping is forbidden:
   “think positive – test negative”.
The organisers are committed to doing everything required to support the official anti-doping authorities at WOC 2006 to do their work successfully and openly. We strongly support all positive efforts to keep our sport clean and doping-free.
The doping tests will be conducted in accordance with the procedures laid down in the WADA International Standard for Testing and the I.O.F. Anti-Doping Rules 2004. Doping control may be carried out at any time in the competition period.