for organizing World Masters Orienteering Championships 2008 (or 2009)
1. Basic Information
1.2. Our vision of WMOC
2. Candidate city, event center
3. Event areas and competition center
3.1. WMOC 2008 terrains
6. Budget WMOC
1. Basic Information
Portuguese Orienteering Federation (FPO), in cooperation with some of portuguese major clubs on national level, Clube de Orientação do Centro (COC), Clube de Orientação de Estarreja (Ori-Estarreja), Associação de Deficientes das Forças Armadas (ADFA), and Grupo Desportivo dos 4 Caminhos (GD4C), is hereby applying for the organization of WMOC 2008.
The FPO General Assembly, held on 30th October 2004, has officially approved the FPO application for the organization of World Masters Orienteering Championships 2008 (or 2009) in Portugal.
FPO and the above mentioned portuguese clubs have not only the capacity to organize WMOC 2008, but also any meetings held by IOF request before or during the Championships, and accompanying public O-events.
FPO is full member of the IOF since 1990, the year of it’s foundation.
Located on the west corner of Europe, Portugal is a small country with 10 million inhabitants, full member of the European Union since 1986, and joined Euro since the start of circulation. Portugal doesn’t has a large history of major Orienteering events, but has recently shown great professionalism and abilities in every major events, from which stands Football Euro 2004, Road Gymnics’ 2004 or World Expo’98.
On Orienteering grounds, FPO has organized Word Cup Final Round in 2000 on the same region of this application, and that competition was held together with the IOF Congress 2000, in Sintra. FPO also organized ISF Orienteering Championships in this region in 2002 and CISM 2001 in Évora region.
FPO aims to organize WMOC 2008 also to continue the effort in spreading Orienteering in Portugal with an attractive media event more capable of awakening portuguese media.
COC, with 100 affiliated athletes, has a large experience on organizing major orienteering events in this region. These two were the biggest of them:
Portugal “O” Meeting (WRE) 2002 with 928 participants
Iberic Championships 2002 with 883 participants
Ori-Estarreja, with 80 affiliated athletes, has also a big experience on major portuguese events. The most important:
Iberic Championships 1998 with 607 participants
Portugal “O” Meeting in 2000 with 651 participants
ADFA, with 50 affiliated athletes, has successfully organized the above events on the recent editions:
Portugal “O” Meeting (WRE) in 2004 with 945 participants
Iberic Championships 2004 with 1103 participants
GD4C, with 70 affiliated athletes, has also organized the mentioned events and one “Latin Countries Cup”:
Iberic Championships 2000 with 617 participants
Portugal “O” Meeting (WRE) 2003 with 886 participants
Latin Countries Cup 2004 with 650 participants
in Mafra (50 kms away from Lisbon and 90 kms from Leiria), FPO has actually
2.500 affiliated athletes spread among more than 70 clubs, and is pursuing
the main goal of reaching 4000 athletes in 2006. Contributing to this
main goal, FPO has been spreading the sport using National Portuguese
Television (contract with 15 minutes coverage stories of FPO events
every 15 days on open signal Tv2) link to the site where all
magazines can be downloaded from www.portugalecoaventura.pt/videos.
FPO has also recently given to the 1.576 portuguese Basic and Secondary
Schools and all affiliated clubs, a DVD recently produced and named
1.2. Our vision of WMOC
1.3. Our conception of WMOC
We acknowledge WMOC as a mixture of three major components: competition, tourism and enjoyment. We will try hard to offer terrain of high technical quality, welcome warmly every single participant and offer many different tourist programs.
2008: 04 till 13 July (or: 11 till 20 July)
1.4. Support given to our candidature by regional and local authorities
Civil Government of Leiria;
1.5. Expected benefits for our city,region,and country
The Organizing Committee of WMOC believes that a good organization on every level will provide an important promotion, not only of the host cities but also of the region and the country.
2. Candidate City, Event Center
Leiria and Marinha Grande towns are separated only by 10 kms. Together they have about 170.000 inhabitants and are known in Portugal as the main centers of industrial production of plastic and glass.
The available accommodation in the region is wide and numerous. On a 20Kms surroundings, there are camping parks with bungalows, small pensions and guest houses, aparthotels and 2, 3, 4 or even 5 star hotels
2.3. Location and structure for ceremonies
- The second, an official “gala” ceremony for all competitors, to be held on the city centers of Leiria or Marinha Grande. These ceremonies will take place with other cultural activities to attract other persons not familiar with Orienteering.
2.4. Event Center, Location for Meetings and Press Center
The pavilion built for the Center of Economic Activities of Marinha Grande, placed 15 minutes away of the competition area is a big and modern structure with capacity for meetings, press center, and event center. It has also phone lines, computers and internet connections.
3. Event Areas and Competition Center
The Organizing Committee has several areas, with different kinds of terrain, and different levels of difficulty. (Annex K).
The map of Marinha Grande region, has the location planned for the competition areas.
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3.2. Telecommunications coverage
In every arrival area will be possible to create temporary press centers with the necessary tecnological equipments: telephone, fax and internet lines, besides office equipment. Three modern GSM networks operate in Portugal, so 96% of the country is covered by GSM signal.
3.3. Information about the forest and landowners
3.4. Names and experience of map makers
Leiria and Marinha Grande are easily accessible by road or railway.
4.2. Travel expenses and other possibilities in the area
Traveling in Portugal is relatively cheap. Altough there are tolls on the motorways, they are advisable to use. It is corrently possible to rent a car paying 25/30 euros/day. The price of petrol is currently rounding 0.85 euros /litre.
The actual Organizing Committee has been established under the leadership of FPO president. It has been made a written agreement among individual associates and the clubs that are forming this Organizing Committee (the preliminary structure of the WMOC Organizing Committee can be consulted in 1. 1.)
6. Budget for WMOC
Considering 3.500 participants, 100 media delegates and IOF and VIP representants: