Should Orienteering Be An Olympic Sport?

Spring is a great time to start a new hobby or practice a very old one – walking. A Telegraph UK’s article on old-fashioned map reading skills discusses orienteering versus GPS. The U.S. Orienteering Federation calls orienteering the sport of a lifetime because it is both challenging and a lifetime sport. They believe it isn’t just a Scouting Merit Badge but should be an Olympic sport. There is even an internationally active Facebook page called “Orienteering should be Olympic“. According to an interview in Ultimate Orienteering “World Games is a unique opportunity to show our great sport to a big international crowd. I really think orienteering is a sport for the Olympics and by participating in the World Games I do my part in getting orienteering into the Olympic Games.” While it didn’t make it into the 2012 Olympics in London, maybe it will be in the 2014 games in Sochi.

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