The Organizing Committee and the Latvian Orienteering Federation are delighted to be the hosts for the 7th European Orienteering Championships and World Cup in Ventspils, Latvia from 25 May to 1 June 2008. We welcome all friends of orienteering in Ventspils.

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European Trail Orienteering Championships 2008
Ventspils, Latvia
26 May - 30 May 2008

Bulletin 2

1) Welcome to the ETOC in Ventspils, Latvia

The Organizing Committee, organizing orienteering clubs, the Latvian Paralympic Committee and the Latvian Orienteering Federation are pleased to welcome all friends of orienteering to the European Trail Orienteering Championships.

Peteris Apinis
President of the Latvian Orienteering Federation

2) Organizing committee

Secretary General:
Inese Purgaile, e-mail:

Financial Director:
Girts Mamis, e-mail:

Chief mapper and course planner:
Janis Gaidelis

Media Director:
Martins Lismanis, e-mail:

IT Director:
Guntars Mankus

3) Events Controllers

IOF Senior Event Advisor:
Knut Ovesen /Norway/, e-mail:

National Controller:
Jurgis Krastins /Latvia/, e-mail:

4) ETOC 2008 Program

Sunday 25.05 Ventspils
Opening of the Event Centre in Ventspils

Monday 26.05 Ventspils
Model event

Tuesday 27.05 Ventspils
Day 1 competition

Wednesday 28.05 Ventspils
Day 2 competition

Thursday 29.05 Ventspils

5) Competition Rules

The European Trail Orienteering Championships ETOC'2008 will be organized in accordance with the competition rules for IOF Trail orienteering events, valid from 1 February 2006.

6) Classes and Participation Restrictions

Competitors representing IOF full member Federations and competitors representing European associate members of IOF can compete in the EOC.

Classes and participation restrictions are established in accordance with the Competition rules. In particular, up to 6 competitors of any ability may be entered for the ETOC Championships Open Class, and up to 6 eligible Paralympic competitors - for the ETOC Paralympic Championship. In the team competition in Paralympic class a Federation may enter 2 teams, but only the better-placed team will count in the prize list. Paralympic competitors may be entered for both classes.

Structure and participation in ETOC 2008:

Competition class Competition structure Max number from each federation
Open Class Day 1 +
Day 2
6 athletes of any ability
Paralympic Class:
  • individual event
  • team event

  • Day 1
    Day 2

    6 paralympic athletes,
    2 teams with 3 paralympic athletes in each, best 2 results in team are considered

    7) Anti-Doping

    Let us keep our sport and the ETOC 2008 free of doping! We, the organizers, are fully committed to support the endeavours of the anti-doping authorities with highest priority. The rules of the IOF Anti-Doping Code, valid from January 1, 2007 apply.

    8) Embargoed areas

    The following areas are embargoed until further notice.

    Map Name of the map Nearest settlement
    685 Ventspils-centre Ventspils
    687 Ventspils-camping Ventspils
    709 Seaside park Ventspils

    9) Opportunities for training

    Please consult Secretary General / for updated information and other training opportunities. From 2006 it is possible to train on terrain similar to ETOC 2008.

  • Kapa 3-days, Liepaja, 29.06.-1.07.2007.

  • 10) Maps

    Maps are drawn in accordance with the International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps (ISSOM 2005). Map format is A4, scale 1:5000 and vertical contour interval 2,5 m

    11) Courses

    Provisional course parameters:

    Race Length, km Climb, m Quantity of timed controls
    Model event 1.8 15 2
    Day 1 2.7 20 2-3
    Day 2 3.0 30 2-3

    12) General description of terrain

    The terrain of both competitions days is suitable for wheelchair users. The venue of the competitions is a town park.

    13) Punching and timing systems

    The ETOC 2008 punching system will be the same as at the previous Championships in Trail orienteering competitions. Pin punchers will be placed in a short distance from each decision control point (in the exit direction). Competitors are required to punch their choice before passing on to the next control point. Competitors will not be provided with their own punches. The punching system will be demonstrated and tested at the model event.

    14) Weather and Climate

    At the end of May weather is normally warm and pleasant, with temperature about 17-25C. The highest temperature at this time of year is around 30C and the lowest 12C. Rain may occur at this time of the year. For more information visit:

    15) Event Centre and Accommodation

    The Event Centre will be situated right in the heart of Ventspils. All ETOC participants will be accommodated in hotels.

    A1 1 persons per room, WC, shower, breakfast
           Price: 45 EUR per person / per night

    A2 No more than 2 persons per room, WC, shower, breakfast
           Price: 33 EUR per person / per night

    B No more than 4 persons per room, WC, shower, breakfast
           Price: 25 EUR per person / per night

    C No more than 4 persons per room, shared WC and shower, breakfast is not included
           Price: 12 EUR per person / per night

    Lunch and dinner will be available at the hotels or competitions centres.
    Price: 10 EUR per person / 1 meal

    16) Entry Permits to Latvia

    For visa information and entry details please contact the nearest Embassy/ Consulate of Latvia or visit website of office of citizenship and migration affairs: Conditions of entry may change, and all visitors are encouraged to check the latest information when planning the visit.

    For having a letter of invitation, the approved athletes must should provide the following information to the organizers:

  • name (-s) and surname;
  • citizenship (nationality);
  • date of birth;
  • place of birth;
  • the address of the place of residence;
  • anticipated place of residence and duration of stay in Latvia;
  • the location (office) where the visa application will likely be submitted;
  • Price for the first persons invitation is 10 eur and for every next 3 eur.
    Information must be sent to

    17) Entries, Federation Teams

    Events Races Additional services Entry fee per person, EUR
  • Access to all arenas
  • Maps, start and results lists
  • Banquet
  • Participation in the Opening and Closing ceremonies
  • Transport
  • 40
    Runners Participation in 2 ETOC events and model event   60
    Team official     50

    Participants/ team officials must pay the accreditation fee in addition to the fee for events / team official fee.

    Accreditation fee is obligatory for all athletes and team officials.

    Online registration for preliminary entry will be available on the event's website. Usernames and passwords will be sent to all IOF federations by e-mail.

    Preliminary entries should be entered in event website by 31.01.2008.

    Online registration for final entry will be available on the event's website from 01.02.2008. and should be entered in event website by 01.05.2008.

    18) Entries, Media Services

    We welcome all media representatives to follow the exciting events and the cheerful atmosphere of ETOC 2008. Entry applications from media representatives must reach the ETOC 2008 office no later than 31.03.2008.

    Entry and related requested reservations will be confirmed only if the full payment will be received by 11.04.2008. Please fill out the electronic version at

    For media representatives we can offer special ETOC 2008 rates as long as there are rooms (see paragraph 15 for details) available for both: ETOC2008 and EOC2008, provided that the accommodation is booked through the ETOC 2008 organizers. The ETOC 2008 organizers will inform the registered media representatives on accommodation alternatives.

    Martins Lismanis
    Phone: +371 26752100
    Fax: +371 3107045

    18) Payments

    All payments to ETOC2008 have to be made to:

    Account Name: Latvian Orienteering federation
    Bank Name: SEB Latvijas Unibanka
    IBAN: LV49 UNLA 0050 0045 4965 7

    All payments are to be made by 11.04.2008 to the Latvian Orienteering federation bank account in Euro. Please note that all bank charges are due from the sender.

    19) Further Information

    Web site:


    Latvian Orienteering federation
    Marijas 13/1, Riga, Latvia
    EuOC Secretary General: Inese Purgaile

    Tel. /mobile/: +371 29751855
    Fax: +371 3107045

    Bulletin 3 will be published on 01.02.2008.

    20) Important dates

    Preliminary entries should be entered in event website by 31.01.2008.

    Media registration 31.03.2008.

    Full payment for all competitors, officials, media and accommodation 11.04.2008.

    Final entry should be entered in event website by 01.05.2008.

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