Its been 2 weeks since the final round of the WC finished up in China and I have had plenty of time to reflect on the results of the Sprint race and the ensuing social media storm.
To be honest when I first saw the Chinese results on race day I thought that foul play was likely. As has been raised by many people, there are many ways to cheat in orienteering that are difficult to control and the very recent history of cheating at the Military Games by the Chinese team wasn't helping. Add to this my frustrating performance and it was easy to suspect cheating.
Now I have had more time to analyse the situation its clear to me that it is unfair and unsportsmanslike to accuse the Chinese of cheating without evidence to back up this claim. I'm not saying that cheating didn't happen, its plausible that it occurred, but until there is hard evidence of this we need to control ourselves.
To be honest I am disgusted by some of the unsavoury comments being made by the worlds best, role models who I respect as great sportspeople. I understand people are surprised by the Chinese results - but some responses ooze arrogance and to me appear to be a "sore loser" response.
I will leave you with this: lets assume that no foul play was involved, with the Chinese team dedicating countless hours preparing for this specific event. Imagine having the race of your life in your home terrain with a fantastic result - only to be called a liar and a cheat by majority of the international orienteering community. I could have come 10th if you take out all of my mistakes and I (1) did not prepare at all in the Chinese terrain, (2) run over 16:00 for 5km and (3) have little to none agility.