We have great news!
In accordance with the latest regulations of the Hungarian government, the Hungarian Orienteering Federation gave green light to the opening of the spring season. This is a hopeful sign regarding the future of the 2021 WMOC as well.
Starting today, we are going to give you biweekly updates concerning the COVID-19 situation in Hungary, including any related regulation or other information. To access the latest news, choose “COVID-19 info”, then “Updates” in the menu, or click on the picture below.
Preparations are going on at full speed with the organising team, and the Hungarian athletes are training for this summer – we suggest you do the same 😉
The Bulletin 1 of the WMOC 2021 Tour is already out. Click the picture below to read it.
The map of the Sprint Final is almost done. The race will be organised in the historical downtown of Székesfehérvár, a beautiful historical city in Central Hungary, located close to the Velence Mountains and 10 kilometres from Lake Velence. It was a royal coronation site in medieval times and the former capital of the Kingdom of Hungary. It was founded in the vicinity of the ruins of the Roman city of Gorsium – which can still be visited today – more than 1,000 years ago, and the area has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The city is surrounded by 3 different mountain ranges, an exciting and varied landscape with extraordinary endowments: an abundance of natural waters, natural treasures and rich wildlife. Today, the city of 100,000 inhabitants is plentiful in cultural activities, attractions and gastronomy.
The beautiful baroque downtown of Székesfehérvár is renown internationally. Rich in historical buildings and monuments, plenty of religious edifices adorn the city centre, where pleasant pedestrian streets, sculptures and nostalgic building remnants await visitors. The medieval city structure will provide an exciting and stunning venue for the Sprint Final of the 2021 World Masters Orienteering Championships for competitors and supporters alike.
Thanks to the extraordinary location of the city, wonderful sites for 1-day excursions can be found within a 15-30-minute drive, either on or near the shore of Lake Velence, in the direction of the Velence Mountains, or in the Vértes Mountains. Lake Balaton, the largest lake in Central Europe can be reached in half an hour on the highway or by train. Székesfehérvár is located 60 kilometres from the capital, Budapest, easily accessible on highway, by train or bus.
photo courtesy of Erika SIMON
We are honoured that in 2021, contrary to previous plans, Hungary will be able to host the World Masters Orienteering Championships. Our association, the Tabáni Spartacus SKE, won the organisational rights in November 2020, and we started planning and preparations with a team of more than 20 volunteers the day after the decision of the International Orienteering Federation. That number has grown to around 40 by now and we will be working with a team of 300 at the championships in August. The organisation time is very short, we have plenty of tasks ahead of us. Fortunately, we managed to put a great team together, full of dedicated clubmates and orienteers.
The organisation of the championships started at the end of a very difficult year in which all the major orienteering world events were cancelled due to the pandemic. We remain confident that we will be able to welcome the best seniors from all over the world at a restriction-free orienteering festival in the summer of 2021. Great locations in Budaörs, Székesfehérvár and the Velence Hills are a given for this. This race is the most prestigious competition of the senior orienteering community each year, and we plan to bring together a worthy event.
Let’s all meet at Lake Velence in August 2021! We are looking forward very much to seeing everyone!
It is to our greatest pleasure to announce that Hungary has won the right to host the 2021 World Masters Orienteering Championships, that will take place between 7-13th August 2021. Our country has a long history in successfully organising the most prestigious international orienteering competitions, including the 2011 WMOC. Our club, the Tabáni Spartacus SKE of Budapest has the honour to work as the main organiser, and our young but experienced team has started carrying out preparatory work with great enthusiasm. The event centre will be in the city of Velence, on the shore of Lake Velence, located 35 minutes from the capital.
Entries via IOF Eventor are already open, with 3rd of May being the first entry deadline. We will launch the COVID-19 page of this website in March 2021, where you can expect updates from us twice every month. While everything remains uncertain due to the pandemic, our organising committee stays hopeful that the championships will take place next summer as planned and that Hungary will be able to welcome the best masters athletes from around the world.
For more information see Bulletin 1.
We are looking forward to your entries and hope to see you in 2021!
Ádám Lengyel, Event Director