50 years since the historical Congress in Denmark

Posted on | May 16, 2011 | Category: News

The first IOF Congress was held 21-22 May 1961 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This year we celebrate our 50th anniversary.

But how did it all start? You’ll find the minutes from the first Congress, “Protokoll des 1. Internationalen Orientierungssportkongresses” on the IOF 50 years page. The minutes are in German, which was at that time the official language of the IOF.

At the first Congress Erik Tobé, Sweden, was chosen the President of the IOF. Inga Löwdin became the Secretary General. The IOF Council had seven members: President Erik Tobé, Sweden, Vice Presidents Edelfrid Buggel, Federal Republic of Germany and Rolf Nüscheler, Switzerland, and members Olaf Andersen, Denmark, Miroslav Hlavacek, Czechoslovakia, Erkki Sorakuru, Finland, and Ludvig Steff-Pedersen, Norway.

The Congress also discussed IOF Statutes and the 1962 European Championships, and decided to establish a commission to work on international competition rules for orienteering.

The ten founding members of the International Orienteering Federation were Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, German Democratic Republic, Hungary, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

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