Frequently asked Questions

What is World OCR?


World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) is the world governing body and sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines. We are an independent association composed of national member federations worldwide.


What is the Mission of World OCR?


The Mission of World OCR is to promote the sport of Obstacle Course Racing and it's related  disciplines throughout the world, to lead Obstacle Racing, and meet the requirements as specified by the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. We promote the official OCR World Series and OCR World Championships for our member federations and their athlete members.


What is the Goal of World OCR?


The goal of World OCR is to contribute to the greater good of human kind by educating all through participation in sport, without discrimination or bias of any kind. We aim to facilitate mutual understanding, collaboration, friendship and fairness between the athletes and all parties of interest.


Who are we?


World OCR is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers to represent the needs of the athletes. The President presides over all its activities, while the Congress and Executive Committeeare responsible for taking the main decisions for the organisation. Member national federations represent the athletes in the FISO Congress and propose and vote on policies and rules for their benefit.


What does World OCR do?


World OCR facilitates safety, fairness and opportunities for athletes to compete at every level, including OCR World Championships, World Series and Continental Championships. This includes international results and rankings, officials, training, rule enforcement, insurance services, coaching, training camps, event information, event services, news, education, adjudication and more. 


Who are the members of World OCR?


The members of World OCR are the national federations representing over 80 countries worldwide. Each national federation is composed of athlete members and represents their needs and interests.


How is the World OCR governed?


World OCR is governed by a volunteer board made up of obstacle race enthusiasts, sport professionals, Olympians, athletes, medical practitioners and event producers from across the member national federations. Central Board members are nominated by members prior to election at annual general meetings called the Congress.


Are World OCR board and committee members paid?


As a Swiss not for profit organization, all Board and Committee and Commission Members are volunteers and are not paid. Members in governance are entitled to be reimbursed for expenses, as long as they are pre-approved.


What are World OCR’s goals?


  • World Obstacle is committed to securing the sustainability and growth of obstacle course racing worldwide. Our goals are
  • Representing the needs of the athletes and provide a unified sport for cheaper, safer and fairer races and a system to qualify for championships and international multi-sport Games events
  • Sanction global race brands that meet minimum safety, operational and fairness requirements to ensure a healthy racing environment for all participants.
  • Provide inexpensive and comprehensive insurance for national federations and their athletes and race providers (sanctioned race).
  • Unify the sport of OCR worldwide
  • Host international Championships and events at international multi-sport Games
  • Be inclusive of organisations and brands, not shutting out organisations that wish to be associated with World OCR
  • Provide Anti-Doping and Doping Controls for sanctioned championship races through the world
  • Provide guidelines for operational and medical safety of obstacle course races.
  • Provide a catch certification and training system with qualified coaches and camps to develop the sport and athletes across the world.

Who does World OCR support?


World OCR’s primary purpose is to support the federation members, their athletes and provide the platforms and opportunities for athletes to participate in international competitions and multi-sport Games.


What is World OCRs long term plan?


Once financially stable, the board will hire staff to run and operate the organisation independently based on the General Statutes and by-laws. World OCR’s staff, the Secretariat, is be responsible for implementing the directives of the Executive Committee, who implement the decisions of the Central Board. The Central Board is the highest executive branch of World OCR, representing the Congress which is composed of the national federation members.


Will World OCR stifle obstacle innovation?


No. World OCRs goal is to encourage the growth, diversity and innovation in OCR. While World OCR develops obstacle guidelines and standards for various Championships, these guidelines do not hinder race organisations innovating obstacles or formats, or require them to include restrictive race rules.


Will the World OCR force race brands to adhere to strict guidelines?


No. It is our goal that race directors from across the world adhere to a standard set of rules, safety & medical guidelines that benefit all athletes. When it comes to obstacles and race formats though, race organisations will continue to operate and innovate new obstacles and race formats as they do today.


There are guidelines in place that are part of a long-term strategy for OCR to achieve medal events at multisport Games.


Is World OCR affiliated with any international sporting organizations.


Yes, World OCR is being evaluated by the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) to meet the requirements for approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). We adhere to the policies of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and are a member of ASTM International standards working group that specifies obstacle course safety policies for events. World OCR also attends international conferences and follows guidelines for SafeSportTransgender, Medical Safety, event sustainability and responsible business practices.


How can World OCR help me?


As a member based nonprofit, World OCR exists to represent the needs of the athletes through their national federations. Please sign up to become a member of your national federation and consider joining their board and committees. You can help ensure the future of your sport by  also joining a committee of World OCR or your continental confederation.