World Ski Orienteering Cup Stage 1,Junior World Ski Orienteering Championships,European Youth Ski Orienteering Championships

4 - 9 February 2019. Madona. LATVIA

Bulletin 1

Bulletin 1

Dear winter sports fans!
We are a sporty, green and flourishing town of Latvia. We are home for about 7500 inhabitants. 85% of them are Latvians and 15% are non-Latvians. Madona is located in the eastern part of Latvia, 170 km from Riga, the capital of Latvia. We live in an ecologically clean and natural environment, with the areas of European Union importance around us. It is Teiči Nature Reserve – the largest intact moss marsh of the Wetlands of International Importance in the Baltics. It is the Lubana Wetland Complex with the status of the Important Bird Area, developed by Bird Life International, and 250 bird species. These are the visually beautiful landscapes of the protected landscape area “Vestiena” and the forests of Krustakalni Nature Reserve.

Madona is one of the most popular winter recreation regions in Latvia. It is based on the durability of the snow cover and the hilly terrain, as well as the ski tracksarranged corresponding to the requirements for relaxation and competitions. The sports organizers of the Sport and Recreation Centre “Smecere ssils” can be proud of the experience of organizing Latvian, Baltic and Scandinavian, European and World championships of cross-country skiing and roller skiing, biathlon and ski orienteering sports events.The town has remarkable skiing traditions: national cross-country ski competitions have been organized in Madona since 1930, and since 1961, the Madona Sports School has a ski section with cross-country skiing and biathlon programs. This sports school has also prepared the participants of the Olympic Games in cross-country skiing and biathlon. They have brought Latvia's name in the whole wide world.

In the field of business, the town of Madona has developed into the centre providing a wide range of services. The leading manufacturing industries in Madona are wood processing and food production companies of different profiles. Travellers prefer visiting nature objects and rural tourism enterprises, participating in cultural events and sporting events, as well as discovering and enjoying the products of local producers: cheeses, caramels, berry candies and wines. I invite you to enjoy our hospitality and reach new sports records at the 2020 ski orienteering championships. See you in Latvia and Madona!
Agris Lungevičs, Chairman of Madona Municipality Council

ORGANIZERS
Latvian Orienteering Federation in co-operation with the Municipality of Madona
Event Director Gunars Ikaunieks
Technical Director Matiss Ratnieks
Event Secretary Inese Purgaile

IOF Event advisers
IOF Senior Event Adviser Staffan Tunis (FIN)
National Controller Guntars Mankus (LAT)

CONTACTS
Latvian Orienteering Federation
Grostonas iela 6b, Rīga, LV-1013, LATVIA
Inese Purgaile, phone: +371 29751855, e-mail: info@wscup2020.lv
Web: http://www.wscup2020.lv

VENUE
The Event Centre will be located in the Sports Centre “Smeceres sils” next to the town of Madona, the driving distance from the Riga International Airport to this place is 180km. Google maps - Link
Competition Centre will be located in the Sports Centre “Smeceres sils” which is situated in the town of Madona.

ACOMMODATION
Different categories: from full board to self-catering.
Budget acommodation with mattress on floor will be available on request.

CLASSES
WCUP W21, M21
A federation may enter a maximum of 6 runners in each class in the individual events, and 2 teams in each class in the relay event. Only the best team will be counted.
JWSOC W20, M20
A federation may enter a team of up to 14 competitors, up to 7 womenand 7 men. On each individualc ompetition, every federation may enter up to 6 men and 6 women. In the relay, each federation may entert eams consisting of up to 2 women and 2 men. In both classes, a team score of each federation is calculated in a team competition.
EYSOC W17, M17
Every federation may enter 6 competitors in each class. All runners entered may run all individual distances.
The EYSOC-competitors may participate in the JWSOC relay event.

PROGRAM
Sunday, 2 February
WCUP/JWSOC/EYSOC Arrival

Monday, 3 February
WCUP/JWSOC/EYSOC Model

Tuesday, 4 February
WCUP/JWSOC/EYSOC Sprint

Wednesday, 5 February
WCUP/JWSOC/EYSOC Long distance

Thursday, 6 February
WCUP/JWSOC/EYSOC Rest day

Friday, 7 February
WCUP/JWSOC/EYSOC Middle distance (massstart)

Saturday, 8. February
WCUP/JWSOC/EYSOC Relay
WCUP/JWSOC/EYSOC Banquet
Sunday, 9. February Departure


The highlighted area on the map above represents the orienteering map 1040-2013 (the map might have a different number) and it is embargoed until 10 February 2020 for competitors, coaches and team leaders.
The area is closed for all orienteering activities. For orienteerists skiing the artificial snow track (scheme below) is allowed until 26 January, 2020.

TERRAIN DESCRIPTION
Smeceressils. A pronounced relief with maximum height difference of 40 metres. A skiing and biathlon centre with numerous major ski tracks. 20-30% of the terrainis open and semi-open areas.
On average, snow is about 30-40cm deep in February.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAINING
Opportunities for training will be offered in Latvian Championships 11.-12.01.2020 (more info in Bulletin 2).

More information in Bulletin 2 before 1October, 2020.

Bulletin 1 (.pdf)

Old maps