WOC2020 will be postponed to 2022
In consultation with Danish event stakeholders and the IOF, a decision has been made to postpone WOC2020 in Denmark to the summer of 2022. The event, which was originally scheduled to have been held in July 2020, was at first postponed to October this year, but due to the heavy impact that we still experience from the Covid-19 pandemic, we no longer regard it to be possible to have a WOC in Denmark in fall 2020. Not only will the many restrictions due to Corona provide major logistic challenges, but more importantly we shall not be able to guarantee freedom of movement, fairness of the competitions or medical safety for neither athletes nor spectators.
WOC 2022 in Denmark will be held as a 6 day event in the period between 24-June and 5-July. The planning of the event takes place in coordination with the World Games and other international events, and the exact dates will be announced as soon as possible.
The postponement to 2022 has been made possible only through a common effort and great cooperativeness from all parties. We especially wish to thank the Scottish WOC organizers, who have shown great flexibility and have agreed to move their event to 2024.
It is with great regret that we have had to make the decision that it is impossible for us to organize WOC in Denmark in the fall of 2020. We know how frustrating this news will be to all athletes. We hope for your understanding, and we sincerely hope that other competition opportunities will show themselves in the months to come.
The dates for the Selections Races have been set to September 5-6 2020. The event will be world ranking. An updated invitation will be available here om the website within a few weeks.
/WOC2020 Organizing Committee
Many details have yet to fall into place, but we can now announce that the currently planned dates for WOC 2020 are 5 to 7 days within the period from October 9-18. We are working on a more detailed schedule within this time period taking into consideration venue availability, day light considerations and the overall program for the week.
If October proves impossible due to Covid-19, we shall continue planning according to the principles laid out by the Council this weekend.
/WOC2020 Organizing Committee
The Covid-19 Pandemic has great consequences all over Europe and the rest of the world. As the situation is looking presently, we regard it to be impossible to organize a WOC in July with equal and fair training opportunities for everybody. We have therefore decided that:
- WOC2020 will be postponed to a future date to be announced as quickly as possible.
- The Selection Races, scheduled to be held on 30-31 May, will be postponed correspondingly. Future dates to be announced.
- Training Camp 4, scheduled for 11-15 May, will be cancelled.
- Training Camp 5, scheduled for 1-3 June, is maintained for now. Stay informed on the website.
- New training opportunities are being planned and will be announced as soon as possible.
- Bulletin 3, to have been published on 6-April, will appear later – and no later than three months prior to WOC.
For WOC Tour runners, please refer to the WOC Tour page for information.
If you have booked accommodation through the WOC Office, you need not do anything. Information will follow when a new date has been announced.
Thank you for your understanding.
/The WOC2020 organizing committee
Covid-19, update 25-March (+small addition 29-March)
The situation concerning the COVID-19 Pandemic develops extremely fast. This may potentially affect the planning of WOC2020, and we know it also creates great uncertainty for all of you who are looking forward to visiting WOC2020 either as runners or as guests.
We in the WOC organizing team are monitoring the situation closely and keep contact with the Danish authorities. We are still planning towards a WOC in July, but at same time we recognize the seriousness of the situation, and we are looking into different alternatives in the fall. Hopefully, we shall be wiser within next few weeks, and we shall be able to announce a final decision.
Regarding the WOC Tour we have made the following changes:
- The Early Bird deadline is postponed to 1-May
- We encourage you to still make your entries in Orienteering Online, but NOT transfer any payments until you receive notice from the WOC Tour organization.
- In the event of cancellation or postponement, all fees will naturally be refunded.
We thank you for your understanding and your patience in this challenging situation.
The WOC organizing committee