International Orienteering Federation

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International Orienteering Federation
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Map of the members of the IOF according to their region.
Abbreviation IOF
Formation May 21, 1961; 53 years ago (1961-05-21)
Type Federation of national sports associations
Headquarters Radiokatu 20
Helsinki
Finland
Region served Worldwide
Membership 73 national federations
President Brian Porteous
Secretary General Barbro Rönnberg
Affiliations International Olympic Committee
Website www.orienteering.org

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is the international governing body of the sport of orienteering. The IOF head office is located in Helsinki, Finland.[1]

The IOF governs four orienteering disciplines: foot orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, ski orienteering, and trail orienteering.[2]

History[edit]

The IOF was founded on 21 May 1961 at a Congress held in Copenhagen, Denmark by the orienteering national federations of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic, Finland, Hungary, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.[3] By 1969, the IOF represented 16 countries, including its first two non-European member federations representing Japan and Canada,[4] and in 1977 the IOF was recognised by the International Olympic Committee.[3]

Membership[edit]

As of August 2011, the membership of the IOF comprises 73 national orienteering federations, of which 52 are full members, 21 are provisional members,[5] divided into six geographical regions.[6]

Africa[edit]

1 Full Member, 3 Provisional Members

Asia[edit]

8 Full Members, 6 Provisional Members

Europe[edit]

36 Full Members, 3 Provisional Members

North America[edit]

3 Full Members, 2 Provisional Members

Oceania[edit]

2 Full Members

South America[edit]

2 Full Members, 7 Provisional Members

Governance structure[edit]

The IOF is governed by an elected Council consisting of a President, a Senior Vice President, two Vice Presidents, and seven other Council members.[8] Day-to-day operations of the IOF are the responsibility of the IOF Secretary General.[1] Several standing commissions of the IOF are responsible for the development of the sport worldwide. These commissions include: Foot Orienteering, MTB Orienteering, Ski Orienteering, Trail Orienteering, Environment, IT, Map, Medical, and Rules.

Presidents[9][edit]

Affiliations[edit]

Since 1977, the IOF has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee.[3]

The IOF is also a member of the following organisations:[3]

Publications[edit]

The IOF publishes a wide variety of journals and reference works related to the sport. These include Orienteering World, an annual magazine, The Scientific Journal of Orienteering, the OZine,[10] and official editions of the rules of IOF sanctioned orienteering[11] and specifications for orienteering maps.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Secretariat". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  2. ^ "About the IOF". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d "History". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  4. ^ Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club. "Orienteering History". Momentech Software Services. Archived from the original on 2006-01-08. Retrieved 2006-02-19. 
  5. ^ "National Federations". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Regions". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  7. ^ lof.lv
  8. ^ "Council". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  9. ^ "Past and present Councils". IOF. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  10. ^ "Publications". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  11. ^ "Rules". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02. 
  12. ^ "Mapping". International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-02.