Krasnoyarsk is one of the largest cities in Russia. It is the cultural, economic, industrial and educational center of Eastern Siberia, the administrative center of Krasnoyarsk Region, the second largest constituent region of the Russian Federation with the area of 2,366.8 thousand square kilometers.
Krasnoyarsk is a millionaire city with 24% of the population being under 30 years of age (data as of January 1, 2015).
A real Russian winter and modern athletic venues create all the necessary conditions for development of winter sports, including bandy, ice hockey, biathlon, bobsleigh, alpine skiing, speed skating, Nordic combination, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, luge, snowboarding, freestyle.
Sport orienteering as a sport discipline in the Region as well as in the country, goes back to the first All-Russian competitions, which were held in 1963 in Uzhgorod. The first Sport Orienteering Department was opened in 1967 at the Krasnoyarsk Polytechnic Institute.
Since the first years of development of this sport Krasnoyarsk athletes achieved excellent results. Mikhail Obednin became the first Master of Sport, Valentina Bliznevskaya was the first of Soviet women to become an International Master of Sport in sport orienteering, Vladislav Kormschikov, three-time world champion, became the Honored Master of Sport.
The first international competitions in ski orienteering took place in Krasnoyarsk in 1997. This was the final stage of the winter season World Cup of 1996/1997. In 2000 our city hosted the 13th World Championships in this sport, and the event earned praise of Russian and international experts.
Today sport orienteering is one of top priority kinds of sports, that has been actively developing in cities and districts of the Region. Since 2007 Shushenskoe Settlement has been holding “North Azimuth”, All-Russian Cross-Country Sport Orienteering Competition, one of the largest such events in Siberia. The capital city of the Region is home to the successful Regional Sport Orienteering Federation of Krasnoyarsk Region. Athletic establishments serve as training venues of competing athletes.
After the ski orienteering event became a part of the Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk 2019 sports programme, Krasnoyarsk was once again given the honor of hosting the World Championships. The 22nd Ski Orienteering World Championships will take place at the reconstructed Multi-purpose Complex “Biathlon Academy”, the surrounding territory and the SFU campus. We expect to welcome 250 participants from 35 countries of the world.