Highlands & Islands

Highlands to host World Orienteering Championships

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Image caption The championships could draw 5,000 competitors to the Highlands

The 2015 World Orienteering Championships will be held in the Highlands after a bid by British Orienteering beat one from Sweden.

The competition will be based in Inverness and will use terrain on the Moray Firth coast and in the Cairngorms National Park.

It could generate more than £2m for the local economy, according to a report by Highland Council officers.

The last championships in Scotland were held around Inverness in 1999.

Orienteering's Scottish Six Days event will run in parallel to the championships.

Sports Minister Shona Robinson said the contests would build on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014.

She said: "It is a wonderful legacy from 2014 that we will continue to have world class sporting events in Scotland beyond this milestone year.

"It further demonstrates our capability at staging such major events and further enhances our active messaging across the country."

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