Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Monday, December 20, 2004

Scheduling conflict?


This summer the U.S. relay and night champs conflict with the world champs. I didn't know this until I read the discussion at Attackpoint.

Here is a bit of the post that started the discussion:

This sort of scheduling is counter to the goal of having the top athletes both competing at national championships and representing their countries at the World Orienteering Championships. I support this goal, so I would like to see more care taken by organizers to avoid such conflicts.

You can go to the discussion and read all about it if you are really interested in how this happened.

Here is a question that seems worth asking -- how many people attended both the world champs and the U.S. relay/night O' champs this year (when there was no conflict)?

Orienteering Maine hosted both the relay and night O' champs in late September this year.

Of the 8 men and women who ran the world champs for the U.S., only three of the 8 ran at the night and relay champs.

I guess avoiding this sort of scheduling conflict would be good, but it looks to me like much ado about nothing.

posted by Michael | 8:28 PM


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