PAPO, Orienteering New Zealand (ONZ) and Orienteering Australia (OA) have been closely monitoring the situation around Covid and travel restrictions. In the past week the announcement by the New Zealand Government that the current quarantine system will not be changing for “fully vaccinated foreign nationals” until April 2022 removes that ability for Australian athletes to travel freely to attend the planned Oceania Championships in Christchurch during January 2022.
For this reason, the parties have agreed that the events planned for January will shed the Oceania Championship status on the basis that a significant portion of athletes in the Oceania region cannot attend. Instead the Oceania Championships will become a New Zealand event available to NZ based athletes. It will retain a similar programme and quality courses, and will still offer a high quality competition for New Zealand based athletes. The website for the event remains the same and should be checked for all updates: https://oceaniao.nz/
ONZ and OA are seeking confirmation from the IOF that qualification for World Orienteering Championship (WOC) individual places previously being held during January in Blenheim and Christchurch can now be hosted in Australia between April and June 2022.