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Discussion: WOC

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Mar 27, 2020 10:46 AM # 
Posted on the WOC web page.

25-March, Covid-19 update

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. 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
Mar 27, 2020 5:43 PM # 
The IOF just posted this as well:

Here's the quote about WOC: "Regarding the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2020 scheduled to be held in Denmark July 7-11, contingency planning is going on at the moment for postponement of the event to October. A decision is expected within a few days. The IOF will publish news about this and any potential consequences for other events in the calendar once the decision is made."
Mar 28, 2020 1:01 AM # 
Also in cancellation news: they're looking at postponement options for JWOC (although I'd still be surprised if it happens), and WMOC 2020 is cancelled but Slovakia will be reallocated an event no later than 2023 (presumably this means they'll be given the currently unallocated 2023 slot, unless they're needed to step in for 2021 because Japan postpones World Masters Games due to the Olympics clash).
May 7, 2020 11:27 AM # 
WOC2020 cancelled.
Jun 15, 2020 11:18 AM # 
Individual sprint and sprint relay have been added to next year’s Czech WOC.
Jun 15, 2020 12:09 PM # 
Interesting development
Jun 15, 2020 12:29 PM # 
Yah normal WOC again!
Jun 15, 2020 12:59 PM # 
I thought normal WOC was just individual classic and relay.
Jun 15, 2020 1:05 PM # 
Who's to say what's normal?
Jun 15, 2020 1:40 PM # 
unprecedented is the new normal
Jun 15, 2020 10:53 PM # 
So bigger teams? Or are the middle/long bush teams going to do the sprint as well?
Jun 15, 2020 10:56 PM # 
There's no limit on team sizes these days, so countries will presumably select people as they see fit.
Jun 15, 2020 11:47 PM # 
OK, so potentially up to 5 extra each for men and women (3 for the sprint and 2 for the sprint relay) although probably just 3. I'm guessing many countries won't bother selecting extra though as they may already have 3 men and women for the Middle and potentially 3 more each for the relay (maybe the same) and 1-3 for the Long depending on promotion and relegation (again maybe the same).
So countries could select anywhere from 0 to the lower limit of 24 (if in Division 3 for the Long) or upper limit of 30 (if in Division 1).
Jun 16, 2020 12:22 AM # 
It's effectively the same as WOCs in 2018 and earlier. You're right that it's theoretically possible that 15 men/15 women could be chosen but the most I can remember from any country is 9, and 6-7 is more typical for the big countries.
Jun 16, 2020 5:46 AM # 
So what are the chances of Denmark offering some forest events in 2022? :-)
Jun 18, 2020 9:10 PM # 
Yea, a "real" WOC.
Jun 19, 2020 12:57 AM # 
Yeah, I guess he isn't. (Although, I guess you could pronounce it "whoosh", if you stretch things a bit.)
Jun 19, 2020 2:23 AM # 
Do you pronounce it as "woke"?
Jun 19, 2020 3:10 AM # 
Someone deleted a comment in here (so I deleted mine) and now nothing makes sense. I guess that's just AP.
Jun 19, 2020 10:42 AM # 
I noticed there were a bunch of deletions (one seems to have reappeared now after the comment it was originally before) but I woke up to the fact.
Jun 19, 2020 11:11 AM # 
All the more fun. At least the misspelling of "wok" is gone.
Jun 19, 2020 12:29 PM # 
I must have missed that deletion - I certainly walked in too late.
Jun 20, 2020 5:47 AM # 
tRicky - you've been at work.

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