Initially, Chinese athletes took first, second, and fourth place in the women's middle distance guidance race, as well as second in the men's race during Sunday's race, according to a statement from the International Orienteering Federation (
). In a complaint filed by six European countries, including Russia and France, judges found that Chinese runners were assisted by local spectators, which included spectators marking and preparing special terrains for Chinese athletes for whom
The Chinese team was forbidden to participate in the long-distance orientation race, according to the IOF.
"The IOF takes the actions of the Chinese team very seriously," IOF Secretary-General Tom Hollowell said in a statement. He added that the organization was "investigating whether other actions should be taken to ensure fair competition at the forthcoming World Cup finals in Guangzhou, China on October 25. "
Like the Olympics, the World War II Games are held every four years. Local organizers took place in Rome in 1
995 and this is the first host of China to last until October 30.
More than 9,000 athletes from 109 countries are expected to participate in Wuhan games, according to local organizers,
Swimming, parachuting, orienteering and wrestling are among the events, so far China is in fact the leader in the medal with twice as many gold medals as its closest competitor Russia.