Our University Awarded Two Medals in Orienteering Races
Dec 06, 2016

How successful are you at finding directions? Do you have scout instincts helping you to find, for example, your way in a dense forest or not to get lost in chaotic cities like labyrinths? Based on finding directions by racing against time, orienteering is known as a branch of sports which brings together the sports fan assertive at navigation. The representative of this sport in our university, our Orienteering Club, draws attention with its increasing performance. Awarded two medals in 1. Stage Races of Turkish Orienteering Federation (TOF), our students, members of this club, have added a new one to their success.

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There was a big competition in 1. Stage Races of Turkish Orienteering Championship held in Bergama, on November 24-27 and 1200 participants in total from 70 sports clubs in Turkey and abroad joined this Championship.

On the first day of the competition held on Kozak Plateau, our sportsman Ahmet Korkmaz, and on the second day of the competition, Yasin Bosnalı came in third place in M21A category and two bronze medals were awarded to our university.

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What is orienteering?

Orienteering is a branch of sports done mostly in wooded areas. It has been shaped on the basis of certain rules over time and done by establishing federations in many countries.

Derived from the original Swedish name “orientering”, orienteering is done first by Major Ernst Killander in Sweden. As a result of increasing interest in this sport, International Orienteering Federation was founded in 1961. Orienteering is now a well-known branch of sports which attracts a lot of interest in many countries, mainly in its homeland, Sweden.

The aim of the participants in the orienteering is to reach the control points in the competition area respectively and as soon as possible. The participants in these control points marked with orange-while flags verify their visit by using a punch hanging next to the flag to mark his or her control card or this operation can be done by electronic punching instead. The route between control points is not specified, and is entirely up to the orienteer and s/he competes to successfully complete the course in the least amount of time. The start is interval to prevent the orienteers to follow each other in the competitions where the orienteers might meet on the route but may not follow each other.

Based on terrain and conditions, orienteering is divided into these main sub-categories: sprint orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, ski orienteering and trail orienteering.