Chinese orienteering team disqualified for cheating at Military World Games

Chinese orienteering team disqualified for cheating at Military World Games, by Keoni Everington. This is a slightly offbeat article, sent in by a reader, but perhaps illustrates something about Chinese culture.

The orienteering team from the host nation, China, was disqualified from the International Military Sports Council (CISM) games on Sunday (Oct. 20).

During the middle distance events of the orienting segment of the CISM Military World Games, which kicked off on Sunday in Wuhan, China, the Chinese team posted phenomenal results. Female athletes from the Chinese team came in first, second, and fourth place, while a male Chinese athlete took second.

However, the first place winner in the women’s class was 17 percent faster than the nearest non-Chinese competitor, while top orienteers usually only improve by 5 percent on their second try. The national teams of Russia, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Poland, and Austria filed a common protest charging that the Chinese team had used various means to gain an unfair advantage.

After an investigation, officials soon discovered that the Chinese runners had received illegal assistance from spectators as well as “markings and small paths prepared for them and which only they were aware of,” reported the International Orienteering Federation (IOF).

The jury deemed that all members of the Chinese team should be disqualified, their results voided, and their scores excluded from the final results lists.


Full scale cheating by the host nation in the Military Games, in orienteering. Their athletes had pre-run the courses, and were given markers and used paths that only they knew of. Full-on brazen cheating, and they got DSQ’d.

hat-tip Adrian