50 CISM World Military Orienteering Championships
For fifty times now military athletes have competed for the CISM World Military Orienteering Championships. Of these fifty venues, Finland has hosted the championships for six times, and Sweden, Norway as well as Brazil each for five times.
The championships were at first only open for male athletes, and, as of 1993, also female athletes have competed for the championships. From 1965 until 2003 the competition programme featured only one distance, and since 2004 the programme has also included the middle distance and long distance competitions.
From 1965 to 2016 the highest number of gold medals has been won by Swiss six-time Champion Matthias Kyburz and Russian fourteen-time Champion Tatiana Ryabkina.
On Tuesday 13 June 2017 the CISM representative and long-term CISM CSC President Harald Østbye adressed the competing teams in Hamina and gave a jubilee plenary speech on the 50 years of CISM orienteering.
According to Mr. Østbye the maps and the map scales have changed during the years and also the punching system, which have been the biggest changes in the competitions.
The jubilee exhibition at the Reserve Officer School offers the competitors a chance to familiarise themselves with maps, results and data material of the championships that cover the full 50-year organising span of these championships.
Mr. Østbye is saying that so far the championship has been outstanding.
The CISM World Military Orienteering Championships have been hosted by the following nations:
2004 The Netherlands
2015 South Korea