The FISU Ski Orienteering Championships begin tomorrow ©Getty Images

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) is set to stage its first in-person competition in almost two years, with its Ski Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic beginning tomorrow.

FISU's last in-person event was Speed Skating Championships in Amsterdam, supposed to conclude on March 13 2020 before the last day of competition was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Around 75 skiers from at least 12 countries are expected to take to the Ore Mountains in Jáchymov to get the FISU World University Championships season underway.

The event is set to feature individual men's and women's events in sprint, pursuit, and middle-distance formats.

A mixed sprint relay will also be contested with the Eduard Arena and the Jahodová Louka Arena planned to host the disciplines, plus a ski area of approximately 40 kilometres.

FISU is offering excursions across the Karlovy Vary region to the Ore Mining Mountains Landscape - a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site - and the Mattoni mineral water, Becherovka liqueur and Moser glass factories.

Jáchymov and a ski area of 40km is staging the FISU Ski Orienteering Championships ©FISU
Jáchymov and a ski area of 40km is staging the FISU Ski Orienteering Championships ©FISU

Cultural programmes are also set to take place during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

"I am very happy to welcome you to Jáchymov, for the 2022 FISU World University Championship Ski Orienteering," said FISU Acting President Leonz Eder.

"For nearly two years, international university sport was almost not possible.

"What an extraordinary period we have all been through.

"FISU’s thoughts are first and foremost with those who have lost loved ones, and with those who have experienced personal suffering.

"Because of this, the resumption of competitions has been bittersweet."

The last edition of the event, in 2020, was scheduled to take place in Rovaniemi in Finland from March 23 to 27 but was cancelled.