Krasnoyarsk got the flag of 2017 World Ski Orienteering Championships
Today, on April 21, the ceremony of awarding the flag of the 2017 World Ski Orienteering Championships to Krasnoyarsk, the future host city of this event, took place in Sochi.

The President of the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Brian Porteous, IOF Secretary General Tom Hollowell, Minister of Sport of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Sergey Alekseev, Director General of the Executive Directorate of the 29th Winter Universiade of 2019 in Krasnoyarsk Maxim Urazov, and the Chairman of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Orienteering Federation Alexander Bliznevsky took part in the ceremony.

The flag was brought and handed to the Minister of Sport of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Sergey Alekseev.

“For us it is a great honour to host the World Ski Orienteering Championship. The traditions of this sport are very strong in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. Our athletes always come back home with the medals of world competitions, and in 2017 and in 2017 they will have an opportunity to win medals in the native land. Besides, we have an extra opportunity to test ourselves at the threshold of the 2019 Winter Universiade, where ski orienteering is included into the programme as an optional sport. And I'm sure all the guests and participants of this competition will remember Krasnoyarsk starts with great pleasure and will do come to us for the Universiade", - the Minister of sports of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Sergey Alekseev said.

The World Ski Orienteering Championships will be held in Krasnoyarsk from the 5th to 13th of March, 2017. Over 150 athletes from 25 countries of the world will compete in 6 disciplines of the programme. These competitions will become a test event in ski orienteering and they will give an opportunity to test the venues readiness, to develop the team’s unity, to find out mistakes and correct them before 2019.

Krasnoyarsk has already hosted the international ski orienteering competitions. In 1997 the World Cup was held and in 2000 the World Ski Orienteering Championship took place in the city.