With immeasurably heavy hearts we have had to make the decision to cancel the upcoming WUC Ski Orienteering Championships as a result of precautions being undertaken due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are truly heartbroken upon this very unfortunate reality – we had to make a decision none of us wanted to make and choose an option that was considered the best by all parties.
Based on the developments of the last couple of days, the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as the notification from the Finnish government, the championships must be cancelled. All main stakeholders including the Finnish Olympic Committee and the Finnish Orienteering Federation share this view.
The Finnish government has cancelled all events involving more than 500 people, from now until the end of May 2020.
All teams supposed to have attended have been informed and we hope to make the cancellation as smooth and painless as possible.
On behalf of the whole organizing committee here in Rovaniemi, we wish us all a better spring. Health always comes first.
Sonja Mörsky realised that ski-orienteering was the most challenging and interesting sport of all. Now She Is Taking part in organizing the upcoming championships.
Sonja has been cross-country skiing and orienteering since she was a little child. As she grew up she found that she could combine the two in ski-orienteering and found that it felt the most interesting and challenging sport she had ever tried. Quickly ski-orienteering became her main sport discipline. She was part of the Finnish National Team and competed for Team Finland in international competitions for a decade.
Sonja took part in the first World University Ski-Orienteering Championships in Tula 2016 as an athlete, winning 4 medals overall: 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronzes.
“I think it was my best competition trip ever. Not only because of the good results in the races but mostly because of the people and the atmosphere there.”
Currently Sonja is studying to become a Sports Instructor at Santasport Sport Institute in Rovaniemi, Lapland. Organizing sports events is one part of her studies. WUC Ski-Orienteering Championships 2020 offers her a challenge bigger than ever before. She is part of the organizing committee and works in several areas of general organization.
“When I got the chance to work for my own sport, I was excited and really wanted to make use of the opportunity to the fullest”
Sonja wholeheartedly welcomes all the athletes to Rovaniemi and the Arctic Circle. She advices to enjoy ski-orienteering in Finnish Lapland, meet new people from other parts of the world and witness the Lappish atmosphere and the stunning locale.
The first snowfall of the upcoming winter has brought some excellent news to us Ski-Orienteering people – we are looking to set a new record of participants competing in the championships: we have received entries from a whopping 18 countries bringing a total of 125 athletes to the competition!
The participating countries are as follows:
United States of America
We are super excited about the number of participating countries and athletes for the upcoming competition!