Meetings took place ahead of competition beginning tomorrow ©Facebook/WUC Orienteering 2018

Kuortane is set stage the World University Orienteering Championships with competition set to take place over five days in the Finnish municipality.

An Opening Ceremony will take place today to welcome the competing nations at the event.

A total of 249 athletes are registered to compete, representing 33 countries.

Competition is also due to begin tomorrow with a sprint relay.

Individual action is scheduled to begin on Wednesday (July 18) when the middle distance competition takes place.

The following two days will feature sprint and long distance races.

A relay competition will bring the Championships to a conclusion on Saturday (July 21).

Organisers will hold a Closing Ceremony after the final competition.

A total of 34 World University Championships are taking place in 2018.

The events were awarded by the International University Sports Federation.