Untypically warm weather did not only left Moscow and other parts of Central Europe without snow, but was the reason for some serious changes in the winter sports schedule of this season. It was announced that the first leg of the Ski Orienteering World Cup, which was scheduled to be held in Madona, Latvia on February’2-8’2020, has moved to Umeå/Vindeln, Sweden and will take place on February’21-26’2020. Organizers first considered moving the competitions to a later date, but the long term weather forecast was not encouraging so focus has shifted to finding an alternative place for the event.
The Ski Orienteering World Cup Final will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia in March’2020. Taking into account the huge amount of snow which now covers the Alexander Filipenko Winter Sports Center, it is out of a question that the event is not under any threat.
The organizing committee of the event continues to get confirmations of participation from athletes going to compete in Khanty-Mansiysk. Currently the list includes orienteers representing 11 countries – Russia, Austria, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Sweden, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Switzerland and Finland.
The event will be held on March’08-16’2020. The program of the competitions includes 5 races:
March 10 – sprint
March 11 – middle distance
March 12 – sprint relay
March 14 – long distance
March 15 – relay
Specially for these races, organizers have already prepared a net of narrow ski tracks with the total length about 58 kilometers. Until the start of the competitions this territory will be embargoed, i.e. closed for all the participants of the championships.