Ori­en­teer­ing hosts’ team loses moral com­pass

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A cheat­ing Chi­nese ori­en­teer­ing team was dis­qual­i­fied for try­ing to cheat by us­ing se­cret paths and mark­ings dur­ing the Mil­i­tary World Games in China. The home team bagged some of the top spots in a mid­dle-dis­tance com­pe­ti­tion, which sees run­ners nav­i­gat­ing their way across un­known coun­try­side us­ing lit­tle more than a map. But or­gan­is­ers later dis­cov­ered the mixed-gen­der team – all of whom were serv­ing sol­diers – had strayed from the straight and nar­row. Spec­ta­tors had helped them by point­ing the way and a num­ber of “mark­ings and small paths [were] pre­pared for them, which only they were aware of”, the In­ter­na­tional Ori­en­teer­ing Fed­er­a­tion [IOF] said. The Mil­i­tary World Games bring to­gether sol­dier-ath­letes from around the world ev­ery four years.

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