Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Friday, February 27, 2004
Not financially viableThe IOF's elite events commission surveyed runners and coaches about international O' events. They asked about different events -- WOC, world cups, Junior WOC, European Champs, and so on. One of the main ideas that came from the runners and coaches was:
Today's programme is not financially viable for the majority of runners and coaches.
If a runner or coach wanted to go to the big international events (World Cups, World Champs and a regional championship), you'd have to spend a lot of time and money. It wasn't that many years ago when a runner or coach could get to all of the year's big events with a lot less travel (WOC's took place every other year and World Cups were in non-WOC years).
I don't really know what to make of the changing international schedule. Is it better now than it was ten years ago?
The new international schedules make it more expensive for nations like the U.S. to participate. But the schedule also might make it easier for an individual runner to spend a couple of years scraping by and being a "full-time" orienteer. It seems to me that more frequent races might make it easier for an individual to round up some personal sponsors to help foot the bill for a year or two.
Today's programme is not financially viable for the majority of runners and coaches...I bet if you did a survey ten years ago, or ten years from now, you'd get the same answer. It seems to be human nature that whatever situation you face feels tough. Even in big-money sports you'll hear the same sort of complaint. I saw an interview on TV with a NASCAR team owner complaining about how expensive the sport had become and how tough it was to get a new sponsor (in a sport where multi-million dollar sponsorship is common). posted by Michael | 8:32 PM
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