Vermont, US is ready to host 2018 Ski Orienteering World Cup
The Ski Orienteering World Cup is fast approaching and the state of Vermont, US, is ready for the fans and the teams around the globe. This year’s ski orienteering championship will be held in Vermont’s town, known as Craftsbury. The World Cup will be organized and looked after by the COC (Craftsbury Outdoor Center). The center is ready to host this event, and they know that people all over the world will find the town of Craftsbury friendly with plenty of snow and fresh tasty food. The people of Vermont and the center hosting this World Cup are enthusiastic about it and will do everything they can in order to make this event the most memorable one.
Even though the Craftsbury Outdoor Center (COC) is doing its best to organize the World Cup, it will also give plenty of opportunities for ski orienteering fans to relish in the Nordic skiing scenery, and a chance to personally try skiing on these world-class terrains. The fans can enjoy great food after the race and can also take trips to a neighboring town called Craftsbury to explore and see its rich culture by visiting breweries, cheesemakers, distilleries and other artists.
Early registration for the World Cup started on the 1st of December, 2017. While the regular registration for the World Cup started on the 31st of January in 2018. For those who are late due to unforeseen circumstances can apply on the late registration date, which is until February 28th.
Schedule of the World Cup:
The World Cup will commence on the 5th of March and will stretch to the 10th of March, in 2018. It will be organized in the town of Craftsbury, which is in the state of Vermont, USA. The teams from all over the world will arrive on the 4th of March just before the day the tournament starts. Then, after the arrival, there will be a model event conducted on the 5th of March to signify the start of the tournament. The Sprint-distance race will happen on Tuesday, which will be the 6th of March and the Middle-distance race will instigate on the 7th of March on Wednesday. On Thursday, which will be 8th March, the competitors will be given a rest day but they will start competing the following day on the 9th March for the Long-distance race on Friday. And on the 10th of March on Saturday, Mixed sprint relay will happen. The athletes will have their World Cup banquet on the 10th as well, and finally, they will go for their departure on the 11th of March on Sunday.
World Cup Participation Restrictions:
According to the IOF Ski Orienteering World Cup rules:
- No competitor shall be less than the age of 21, when they are applying for the World Cup.
- A total of 6 women and 6 men can enter per country for each race and a total of 3 teams can enter the mixed sprint relay race.
Doping is banned in every single sport in the world, as it should be. Doping is unnatural and is basically cheating. While cheating is a bad thing about it—doping also has adverse effects on the body and can be extremely harmful in the long run, which is why doping has been considered strictly forbidden. Since it has been deemed forbidden by the officials, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center has taken it upon themselves to make sure no one does doping during the tournament. They are 100% devoted to supporting the anti-doping establishments.
Doping regulations will be done frequently—they will be carried out at any random moment before, during, and even after the tournament. It is highly advised that the athletes have a few dry clothes with them at all times, as the doping tests can be done anytime without any notice.
Doping tests are done in accordance with the process explained in the WADA International Standard of testing. The doping rules of KOF Anti-Doping Code were created on the 1st of February, in the year 2010 and every organization has been following these rules before, during, and after each tournament since.
Competitors who will be asked for a doping test must come along with their official identification like their photo to the area, where the doping test will be done. Accreditation cards can be used with the photo for this purpose. Failure to comply with these rules, will have dire consequences.
It is possible for athletes to get warmed up before a race, they can go to nearby places with the help of cross-country skiing trails in the following two towns known as Stowe and Greensboro in the state of Vermont. These cross-country skiing trails are not free, the athletes will have to pay for them if they want to use them.
After the tournament, the athletes can opt for some relaxation by going to Nordic and alpine ski areas for exploration and enjoyment.
There are some areas that are prohibited to athletes and members of their teams. Traveling anywhere off-road in the southern part of the town of Albany and northern half of the town of Craftsbury is prohibited after 1st of April, 2017. This is done to ensure the races do not get affected, when the tournament commences.
All course winning times as well as lengths will be done according to the rules of IOF.
Maps are LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) based. The outline interval will be 5m and each scale will be in accordance with the rules of IOF for each race.
SPORTident AIR+ system will be used in all of the races of the Ski Orienteering World Cup. For the event, all of the competitors will be given a SIAC.
This year’s World Cup looks to be a promising one, because of the steps executed by Craftsbury Outdoor Center. Both competitors and fans will remember this tournament for a long time, and it will be exciting to see who becomes the world skiing champion on 10th March 2018.