Falco Cup 2018 was just held in Smiltynė, Lithuania in Curonian Spit National Park on 1st to 3rd August. The first two days’ competitions were PreO + TempO, with TempO stations at the end, and the last day’s competition was a world ranking event with PreO only.
There were 51 participants completed all the competitions, 7 from Hong Kong.
The winner was Sigurd Dæhli, got only 788 seconds in all competitions using relay formula, and the total results of Hong Kong participants are follows:
The world ranking score calculation for all orienteering disciplines relies on the previous score of the athletes. However, as the TrailO world ranking list has just been set up in 2018, there is no previous score available for initial events. The IOF has decided to make a seeding list to provide the previous score on a temporary basis.
The seeding list is made from the results of WTOC and ETOC in 2016 and 2017, and all ECTO competitions in 2017. The algorithm is listed below:
Assign a same random score to every competitors.
Apply the competition results using the world ranking scheme.
Repeat the above step until the list is stable.
The seeding list contains 354 competitors. There are 10 Hong Kong competitors in the list with seeding scores between 9.56 and 14.17.
The brand-new world ranking list after Egypt Trail Orienteering Championships currently has 5 athletes from the seeding list, appearing mostly in the same order:
Michael Chun Chi Tsang
Mohamed Abd El Baky
The seeding list will be used in all events in 2018. From 2019, the list will no longer be used.
TrailO will have world ranking events (WRE) from 2018, the first event will be Mediterranean Championship in Orienteering (MCO) cum Egypt International Orienteering Championship (EIOC), which will be held between 1st to 4th February 2018 in Alexandria, Egypt.
The event will be organised by Egypt Orienteering Federation, OK Vihor from Croatia as the technical organiser. There will be 4 WREs, including FootO sprint, FootO middle, TrailO PreO and TrailO TempO, and a FootO long competition which will be a scoring competition for national teams of MCO, but not a WRE.
The event schedule follows:
1/2: FootO model, TrailO PreO (WRE)
2/2: FootO sprint (WRE), TrailO TempO (WRE)
3/2: FootO long
4/2: FootO middle (WRE)
5/2: tourism day
Until 12/1, there have been 3 competitors from Hong Kong entered the competition, including Chi Ko Abdon Cheung, Wing Chung Tam and Michael Chun Chi Tsang. The entering deadline is 15/1, please enter soon. The bulletin 3 can be read here.
Furthermore, there will be 6 competitions in FinTrailO 2018 held between 30/3 and 2/4 in Turku, Finland, including 1 PreO and TempO combined, 2 PreOs (the first will be WRE), 1 TempO (WRE), 1 TempO night-O and 1 team relay. The deadline of entering the competition is 22/3, there has already been competitor from Hong Kong entered all 6 competitions. Bulletin 1 can be read here.
Apart from the above events, there will be WREs in Slovenia, Lithuania and Czech Republic. The details can be seen in the event calendar of IOF.