Discussion: New IOF president
in: Orienteering; General;
In 4 weeks time we will get new IOF president. Here are some news about both candidates. If you know other resourses please post it also here. Nice interviews!
Helge Søgaard, DEN
Poster, Pamphlet and Recommendation letter from Danish NOC on DOF website
Brian Porteous, GBR
Looks like there are some very important differences in the candidates' views on the direction of further development of the sport.
How is the IOF president elected?
"In my day job, I am helping the Irish Rugby Union develop a performance plan to win the World Cup in 2015 but don’t tell New Zealand, South Africa or England!!!!!!"
Saturday night: NZ 60 Ireland 0. Bit of a challenge in your day job Brian.
Step 1: Lull the All Blacks into a false sense of security...
Step 2: Hope they choke
Doing well on the first step.
The major problem
each has to address.
Replication of this
in Ireland might solve Mr Porteous' problem.
So WMOC will become the serious major event each year...
... probably, from a revenue generation viewpoint.
There seems to be a bit of a trend evident
Two good candidates. Helge seems more realistic about the Olympic Dream and supports biannual Forest and Urban WOCs. That would get him my vote (if I had one).
Beside WMOC I like UCI way of thinking how to raise interest for Cycling for all. Two projects which connect many prominent cycling events. UCI Golden Bike
and UCI World Cycling Tour
I particularly like this two answers from Helge.
"Orienteering needs to have its share of the attention that e.g. adventure sport and mountain biking enjoy these days, and at the same time needs to focus on offering orienteering for the community in general – as for example with the ‘Find Your Way’
project in Denmark. A widespread growth in the number of participants will be a clear benefit for all countries, when it comes to raising orienteering’s profile, media coverage, sponsorship appeal and official support."
" IOF’s long-term priority should to a much higher degree be more people orienteering rather than, as now, more countries. In short, an additional 50-150,000 active orienteers will mean more for the sport than having an additional 5-10 member nations, when there is only a handful of active people behind those federations."
From IOF Congress Binder 2012
For the position of President – one person to be elected
Brian Porteous GBR For new election
Helge Søgaard DEN For new election*
* Also nominated for election to the position of Vice President.
It would be great to see both working in same boat. Before election for President of IOF take place, GA will discuss about future WOC proposals. Candidates have different vision of future WOC but more similarities about what IOF should do in other development matters. Brian's network in international sports bodies could be very important for development of WOC no matter which concept IOF will apply. If Brian will became the new president, Helge will be most likely new Vice President. But if Helge will became the new president, Brian with his knowledge can be a new Sport Director if such a position is free at that time and he would be interested for. For IOF and Orienteering would not be good to loose one of them just because both candidates can't became new President.
I am not making speculation about outcome but it is not very common and it is very rare that two candidates run for the president of the International sport body.
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