Several programmes have been organized by the Sri Lanka Orienteering Federation. In the near future, Sri Lanka Orienteering Federation has planned to conduct awareness programs and exhibition events in selected schools in every districts and sports clubs. In addition to this, training programs and promotional events have been arranged, covering all districts in all provinces. As the Initial step, in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara in Western Province training camp will be organized for the players ,coaches ,referees and Judges. Accordingly, the support needed from foreign Instructors for training programs will be received by Sri Lanka Orienteering Federation.
Orienteering is a sport that combines both a physical and a mental element. The basic idea in orienteering is to proceed from course start to finish by visiting a number of control points in a predetermined order with the help of map and compass. In order to choose the best possible route, orienteers look at the characteristics of the terrain, and the winner is determined by the one who completes the test in the fastest time. What is unique to orienteering is that an orienteer must navigate and make quick decisions while running at a high speed. Orienteering is a low-cost sport suitable for both genders and all ages.
The sport of orienteering was first practiced in the military, but nowadays it features a variety of different formats, ranging from the more traditional long-distance forest races to the more recently developed city sprints. With the use of electronic punching and GPS tracking, orienteering has become a sport visible to the audiences with real time broadcasting on TV and the internet.
The International Orienteering Federation has four official disciplines: Foot, mountain bike, ski and trail orienteering. The first foot and ski orienteering competitions are known to have been held as early as the 1890s. Mountain bike and trail orienteering are rather more recent formats that evolved during the last decades.
The International Orienteering Federation was recognised by the International Olympic Committee in 1977.
The yearly international championships events include World Orienteering Championships, Junior World Orienteering Championships and World Masters Championships. The IOF organises an annual World Cup. The international event calendar also comprises more than 100 world ranking events. Regional Championships take place in five out of six IOF Regions: Europe, Asia, North America, South America and Oceania.
Training programs will be conducted free-of-charge in Panadura. More information about the sport can be obtained by details can be obtained by logging on to www.orienteering.org or by calling 0112437324.