This seems perfectly reasonable to me

The Chinese orienteering team was disqualified from the Military World Games, which China is hosting, after its troops took first, second, and fourth for women and second for men in the middle-distance competition on Sunday.

The event tests runners on their speed and map-reading abilities by navigating unknown terrain equipped only with a map and compass.

But it later emerged the runners had received illegal assistance from spectators and used previously prepared markings and paths that only their team knew about.

Isn’t the first military rule “know the territory”? Therefore the Chinee won fair and square.

25 thoughts on “This seems perfectly reasonable to me”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    OT, but a regular subject on here in the past.

    A great result for the bootleggers and baptists:

    The UK’s biggest remaining payday loan provider is to close, with thousands of complaints about its lending still unresolved.

    QuickQuid’s owner, US-based Enova, says it will leave the UK market “due to regulatory uncertainty”.

    Compensation claims have been made from customers who said they were given loans they could not afford to repay.

    It is the latest firm offering short-term, high-interest loans to close after regulations were tightened.

    QuickQuid has been the biggest payday lender in the UK for the past few years. It was bigger than household name Wonga even before the latter folded in August last year. The Money Shop closed earlier this year.

  2. The first rule according to Monty is not to invade China with your land armies…
    but yes know your terrain would be first page in the handbook

    “the runners had received illegal assistance from spectators” hearts and minds important too.

  3. BiW

    So even by cheating, they still only came second?

    Pretty much sums up the entire country in a single sentence.

  4. Nice little anecdote: Viscount Slim said every battle he ever fought was uphill, facing into the sum at the junction of four maps.

  5. I used to be unplayable on my own table tennis table.It had a slight dead patch on the corner to which I served with my backhand and as the Barbecue was stored in the same corner you could not get back form the table.
    This meant you could serve at light speed low into the bbq and it was virtually impossible not to pop it up for the forehand to deliver the coup de grace .

    happy times …

  6. BiND, caveat emptor. When these quick-loan companies close, perhaps the people who need them can become rent-boys and whores.

    OT’s OT, 39 people dead in a truck but I can’t see any real sympathy (or empathy as it’s called nowadays) anywhere. Oh dear, what a shame, never mind, no doubt lessons will be learned.

  7. If you play Monopoly regularly, it’s worth extracting some money when your not playing and sticking it somewhere in your bedroom. Then when playing, a quick trip to the loo and ‘hey presto’; £500 richer.

  8. @ Jussi

    I admit it’s a ‘meh’ issue to me but there has been a ‘candle lit vigil’ and calls for all refugees to be welcome. I think those making the call should be asked to give up floor space to accommodate them.

  9. The BBC are running a sympathetic story about an Afghan refugee who almost suffocated in a lorry travelling on from a camp in Zeebrugge to the UK.

    Obviously the journalist didn’t ask him why.

    The refugee now has the right to remain in the UK. Obviously the journalist didn’t ask him ‘how come?’.

  10. Edward L, nice to be reminded. It’s his other volume of memoirs, the one not about Burma. I thought it was uphill, in the rain and at the junction of 2 maps. Could be wrong.

  11. Bloke in North Dorset

    I admit it’s a ‘meh’ issue to me but there has been a ‘candle lit vigil’ and calls for all refugees to be welcome. I think those making the call should be asked to give up floor space to accommodate them.

    Its calls like those that are the best marketing material for the people smugglers.

  12. On the OT subject of immigration, is it just me that finds the item on the BBC about MPs calling for the public to help combat the spread of ‘invasive non-native species’ of animals and plants highly amusing? Presumably ‘diversity’ is not so advantageous in the animal and plant world as we are told it is in the human one…………………..

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50173577

  13. Jim, yes strange isn’t it. The very eco loons who are so upset about non-native species [*], are also those likely to be in favour of let them all in.

    * http://www.nonnativespecies.org › …
    A non-native species (NNS) is a species that has been introduced into the country by human intervention (either deliberately or accidentally) since the end of the last ice age (approx ten thousand years ago).

  14. @Andrew C

    “If you play Monopoly regularly, it’s worth extracting some money when your not playing and sticking it somewhere in your bedroom. Then when playing, a quick trip to the loo and ‘hey presto’; £500 richer.”

    And while you’re out I will have removed £500 from your existing pile and helped myself to a further £1500 from the bank.

    (Depending on how observant you are, I may also have upgraded from 2 to 3 houses on various properties.)

  15. I really wouldn’t like to be the woman who failed to come third and the bloke who failed to win. A long posting to the North Korean border awaits.

  16. All is fair in war games.

    I fancy the Chinese have been watching The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

  17. @Jussi October 25, 2019 at 10:26 am

    OT, OT The usual suspects bought some of Littlejohn’s “Porta Shrines” (TM) and held candle vigils in Belfast & London

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