Asian orienteering has been growing quick. And now, it got a real boost with a new member of the International Orienteering Federation (IOF).
Philippines is the newest IOF member effective 12 January 2020, thus becoming the newest Asian member of the IOF. The IOF council meeting in Frankfurt approved the addition of the 76th member of the IOF, which the IOF website announced today (17 January).
In March, Philippines will host the first national orienteering championship in Manila, using a university campus. In addition to the championship, the event will also include an orienteering seminar.
Philippines is the 5th Southeast Asian member of the IOF, after Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. This means that of the 10 ASEAN member countries, half of them are now IOF members. Besides the expanded participation, Asian events are attracting more international orienteers to discover the culturally diverse region, such as the Thailand International Orienteering Championship in Chiang Mai and Beidou Orienteering in Zhaoqing, Guangdong, China.
We at ORIEN.ASIA wish all the best for orienteering in the Philippines, and look forward towards potential cooperation soon.