Chinese Orienteering Team Disqualified for Cheating at Military World Games | China
A Chinese orienteering team has been disqualified for cheating at the World Military Games in China.
Chinese runners in Sunday’s middle distance competition initially placed first, second and fourth for women and second for men.
However, it was soon discovered that the runners had received illegal assistance from spectators and used marks and small paths prepared on the field that only their team knew, said the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), whose the rules govern the competition.
Competitors are expected to use only a map and compass to complete the course. IOF officials investigated the results after protests from rivals such as Russia, Switzerland, France, Poland and Austria, and a jury decided to overturn the Chinese team’s results and to ban them from other races. The organizers rejected the appeal of the Chinese athletes.
It is an embarrassing episode for China, which hosted the sporting event for the first time. China built an athlete village for the 10-day event in Wuhan, and the country’s President Xi Jinping attended the opening ceremony.
Observers saw the event, which takes place every four years for military athletes from around the world, as part of an effort to strengthen ties between the People’s Liberation Army and other armies and strengthen the profile of the Chinese army.
News of the disqualification was not widely reported in Chinese media on Thursday, unlike reports this week celebrating the team’s victories.