On the second last control Galina Vinogradova was the first one. She was punching at Emit-station but suddenly Kirsi Nirmi just pushed out Galina's arm and made punching by her-self. After this rude and unfair action the race for Galina was over. And K.Nurmi after the finish said that Galina is wrong: ''You just felt like I push-out your arm. I don't remember that I made it''.
Let me remind one funny story. Doctor was making patients check-up in the hospital. He asked his assistant:
- How is A. Smith from the fifth ward?
- He is getting worse.
- No, no, no. You are wrong! You have to say: patient Smith feels like he is getting worse. This is the modern medical view of the origins of sickness.
Next day, same patients check-up:
- How is A. Smith from the fifth ward today?
- He feels that he died.
That's funny story but I am really sad. Of course it is easy to say, that another runner loose the race because of ''she felt something and this feeling is not a true''.
This is not first time when I see really rude behavior during punching or at the finish corridor. That happens. And definitely there is a lack in IOF rules (Let say in athletics physical contact and obstacles to other runners leads to disqualification). I always thought that we are like a one big family in Orienteering and Fair Play is the common belief for O-runners. Looks like I was wrong.
What is common for using doping, visiting embargo areas, crossing forbidden areas or rude actions near the control point/finish corridor? The common is the intention to win at any cost. Fair Play for such people does not matter. Are we gonna to accept this in our sport?!.
P.S. Petteri Kähäri (Finnish headcoach) has made comments about the situation: "Sprint it can be tight fights and that is part of the game". Petteri! is it OK when next time my runners will use some tricks from American football against your runners near the control? Its just a tight fight in the Sprint!
P.P.S. In my opinion, in orienteering should win the athlete who make better navigation and faster running. Only these two skills matter.
P.P.P.S. I am the one who wait my turn inside queue during punching.