Jukola/Venla relay tonight 芬蘭定向接力賽今晚舉行

今晚一年一度的Jukola/Venla接力賽將在芬蘭拉地 (Lahti) 舉行。Venla女子四棒接力賽將會於芬蘭時間下午二時 (香港時間傍晚七時) 率先上演,Jukola男子七棒接力將於晚上十一時 (香港時間凌晨四時) 出發並一直跑到早上。

Jukola一名出自芬蘭經典小說七兄弟 (Seitsemän veljestä,Alexsis Kivi著),Venla則是芬蘭常用女子名字。男女子比賽分別從1949年和1978年起舉行,每年地點不同。

男女子接力賽各有逾1800和1600隊參加,除各地定向會外,芬蘭的公司和會社也會派隊參賽,總人數接近二萬人,絕對是歐洲的定向盛事。

去年的男女子接力賽分別由哥德堡體育會 (IFK Göteborg) 和 Alfta-Ösa 定向會奪冠,兩隊都是瑞典隊伍,且看他們今年能否衛冕。

直播和成績更新等資訊,請到 www.jukola.com。網上直播收費16歐元。如在芬蘭,可到 YLE 網站觀看直播。

Jukola start 2012 出發 / Jukolateam @ Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0
Jukola start 2012 出發 / Jukolateam @ Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0

Tonight the Finnish annual Jukola/Venla relay will be held in Lahti. The Venla 4-leg women’s relay will start at 2pm Finnish time (7pm Hong Kong time), and the Jukola 7-leg men’s relay at 11pm (4am Hong Kong time) and proceeds until morning.

The name Jukola comes from the classic Finnish novel Seven Brothers (Seitsemän veljestä) by Alexsis Kivi, while Venla is a common Finnish women’s name. The men’s and women’s relays started in 1949 and 1978 respectively and changes location every year.

In addition to orienteering clubs, companies and societies in Finland send teams to join. With over 1 800 and 1 600 teams in the men’s and women’s relays respectively, and nearly 20 000 participants, the event is one of the largest in Europe.

The 2017 men’s and women’s relays were won by IFK Göteborg and Alfta-Ösa OK, both Swedish teams. Let’s see if they can defend the title this year.

Live and results are at www.jukola.com. Live TV is charged at 16 euros. If in Finland, you can watch on YLE website.