Contaminated Meat Worries Swimmers

Some countries may bring own food

Jul 12, 2011
Outside Magazine

Amid concerns about supplement-tainted Chinese meet, some nations are taking steps to ensure that their athletes don't record accidental positive tests at next week's World Aquatics Championships, in Shanghai, China. Both Australia the United States will provide athletes with their own meat and have discouraged swimers from eating meat at restaraunts. Since 1999, several athletes have tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned steroid, which anti-doping authorities later plausibly linked to contaminated Chinese meat. A recent WADA study found traces of clenbuterol in people who had recently traveled to China. The drug, which boosts muscle growth, and thought to be widely used for doping but is often given to cattle and pigs. It is the same steroid that Tour de France champion Alberto Contador tested positive for last year. (Contador has blamed his positive on tainted Spanish meat.) The Italian federation will encourage its athletes to avoid eating red meat and pork altogether.

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