Belgian Orienteering Federation
Belgian Orienteering Federation ABSO-BVOS.jpeg
SportOrienteering
JurisdictionBelgium
AbbreviationABSO-BVOS
AffiliationIOF
Regional affiliationEurope
Official website
www.orienteering.be
Belgium

Belgian Orienteering Federation ABSO-BVOS is the national Orienteering Association in Belgium. It is recognized as the orienteering association for Belgium by the International Orienteering Federation, of which it is a member.[1]

ABSO-BVOS stands for "Association Belge des Sports d'Orientation" - "Belgische Vereniging voor OriëntatieSporten" and "Belgischer Verband für OrientierungsSporte". So the name combines all the Belgian languages: French, Dutch and German.

The ABSO-BVOS has two members: VVO (Flemish league) and FRSO (French-speaking league). VVO was founded in 1987 and has around 1500 members divided over five orienteering clubs. FRSO has around 1300 members divided over 13 orienteering clubs.

History

Belgium participated in the World Orienteering Championships first time in 1968, and joined the International Orienteering Federation in 1970.[2]

The best performance in the World Orienteering Championships by Belgian athletes, up to 2014, is when Yannick Michiels placed seventh in the sprint final in Italy in 2014.[3]

References

  1. ^ "IOF Member Federations". International Orienteering Federation. Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  2. ^ Knut Berglia; Tom-Erik Brohaug; Kristoffer Staver; Kaare Thuesen; Torgeir Strandhagen, eds. (1987). Orienteringsidretten i Norge gjennom 90 år (in Norwegian). Norges Orienteringsforbund. p. 278.
  3. ^ Chalon, Christian (6 July 2014). "Superbe performance de Yannick Michiels aux championnats du monde de sprint" (in French). ABSO-BVOS. Retrieved 18 April 2015.