International orienteering association

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International Orienteering Federation (IOF)
Place of foundation 1961
president Leho Haldna
Members 76 national member associations
Association headquarters Karlstad
Member countries of the IOF (as of 2007)

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is the umbrella organization for all national associations involved in orienteering . It was founded in 1961 and is now mainly responsible for four disciplines: "normal" foot orienteering , mountain bike orienteering , ski orienteering and trail orienteering . The headquarters of the IOF is in Karlstad .


The IOF was founded on May 21, 1961 at a congress held in Copenhagen . The founding members were the national associations from Denmark , Bulgaria , the FR of Germany and the GDR , Finland , Norway , Sweden , Switzerland , Czechoslovakia and Hungary . By 1969, 16 countries, including Japan and Canada , belonged to the IOF. The IOF has been recognized by the IOC since 1977, but orienteering has not yet been part of the program of the Summer Olympics . For ski orienteering there are concrete plans for inclusion in the competition program of the Winter Games . As of February 2020, the IOF has 76 member associations from all six inhabited continents.

List of presidents


Association structure

The IOF is headed by an elected president. There is also a senior vice president, three vice presidents and seven other council members. Different commissions take care of areas such as the four disciplines, cards or rules. The current president is Leho Haldna from Estonia.


The former Swedish top athlete Jörgen Mårtensson strongly criticized the IOF in an interview in 2009. He compared the IOF to the Mafia, in which the members are only concerned with maintaining their position. He expressed himself dissatisfied that the world association was developing too slowly. He also called for a move away from the hosting mode of the world championships , which are held annually. He called for the World Cup to be held every two years.

Individual evidence

  1. Disciplines ( Memento of the original dated November 26, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed on November 13, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. IOF Office
  3. Ski-OL: IOF launches application for admission to the 2018 Winter Olympics , accessed on November 13, 2010
  4. National Federations , accessed on September 20, 2012 (English)
  5. Uganda and Nepal new members of the IOF , March 28, 2014 (English).
  6. ^ National Federations: International Orienteering Federation. Retrieved October 19, 2018 .
  7. IOF Council , accessed on February 10, 2020 (English)
  8. ↑ : Who determines the direction on the international stage? - IOF Congress in Trondheim , accessed on November 13, 2010
  9. Jörgen Mårtensson criticizes IOF (December 19, 2009) , accessed on November 13, 2010 (English)

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