27 Apr 2022 - Eventi Sportivi, News, PWT Italia

Paolo Beltraminelli – “Ticino at WMOC2022”

Next Entry Deadline is on the 30th April 2022

There are just over 80 days before the start of the World Masters Orienteering Championships and the expectation is growing for the event that will bring over 3 thousand orienteers from all over the world to the Gargano from the 8th to the 16th of July.

Not only competitions will be scheduled in the week but a program of events to live traditions and folkloristic activities of Puglia. All the athletes will have a special Casa Puglia hospitality area to taste typical foods and wines and will receive a welcome bag with a series of local products. The WMOC and The Week After will allow exploring some of the most beautiful places in Southern Italy in naturalistic terms and fascinating historic centers, such as Monte Sant’Angelo and the Umbra Forest recognized as Unesco heritage.

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The transport company Ferrovie del Gargano will guarantee full coverage of bus trips during competitions days. Personalized and daily bus transfers are available upon booking from the main Italian airports, such as Bari, Naples, Rome, Milan, and Bologna to the Vieste bus terminal. By registering on eventor, athletes will be able to use a continuous shuttle service from the Vieste bus terminal to the competition venues.



In Vieste, the Hotel I Melograni and the Residence Baia degli Aranci are ready to welcome you to make you enjoy your trip. Both solutions are located on the Lungomare Europa, 400 meters from the race center, near the Bus Terminal, and about 150 meters from the beach. In the same structures, you will have the opportunity to share this experience with international athletes and ambassadors of the event.

Don’t wait any longer: register, book your flight, and become the protagonist of this challenge in Italy!

Don’t forget the races’ price change from the 30th of April

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Paolo Beltraminelli – “Ticino at WMOC2022”

The Italian edition of Wikipedia contains 55 entries on orienteering athletes. The list of names obviously includes Thierry Gueorgiou and Simone Niggli-Luder, Tove Alexandersson and Olav Lundanes. There is also an entry for Ivar Formo, Olympic champion in Innsbruck 1976 in the 50 km cross-country race and bronze medalist in the 1974 WOC relay race. One name is absent: Paolo Beltraminelli, Swiss orienteer with ASCO Lugano, who will be competing at the WMOC in the M60 category, which already has almost 200 competitors.

However, there is an entry on Wikipedia about Paolo Beltraminelli, and it is interesting to read it:


He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party, he joined the Grand Council of the Canton of Ticino in 1991 and he was head of the PPD group and a member of the management and finance committee.

From 2000 to 2004 he was a Municipal Councillor of Pregassona and in April 2004 he joined the executive board of the City of Lugano (territorial departments – airport – urban services and sports), also serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lugano Public Transport (TPL).

From 10 April 2011 to 8 April 2019 he was State Councillor and Director of the Department of Health and Social Affairs.

WMOC2022: During your classic raids in northern Italy in the red and white colours of ASCO Lugano, have you already had the opportunity to run in Puglia? What memories do you have of the Italian races? Do you have an anecdote to share with readers about a race in Italy that particularly impressed you? (the speaker would say “scratched the hard disk”)

I have often raced in Italy, partly because in the 1970s the Ticinese were the first cartographers in Italy. I remember the map of Ronzone in Trentino. I have memories of the various 5-day races, the races with Gabriele Viale, particularly in Sardinia. It’s a pity I could never race in Matera, it was on my schedule but because of Covid in 2020 it was not possible. The best memories are linked to the many races in Venice, so many times since 1983! The climax a few years ago with the high water, a memorable experience. I have never raced in Puglia, although I often go there on holiday. I can’t wait to win the World Masters

In Puglia you will find good food, sun, sea and many typical places of southern Italy. What are your sporting goals? Do you have ranking ambitions? Do you think you will be more comfortable in the labyrinthine sprints that will remind you of the races in the small villages of Ticino or in the races in the woods where endurance and azimuth will make the difference?

My ambitions are very high, but as usual the results will be much lower than expected. I can’t wait to compete, I love all terrains even if the labyrinthine sprints have an extra charm.

Read the full interview HERE