More fears over the contamination of meat products with banned substances appeared in the news this week. The use of clenbuterol in livestock farming in China has caused their General Administration of Sport to issue strict guidelines to athletes.
The recent case of Alberto Contador highlighted this potential danger. Now Chinese athletes who are aiming to make the Olympic team this summer have been warned failure to comply will result in non-selection.
Athetes have been banned from consuming beef, lamb and pork outside of their own cafeteria. It is no surprise this has come into effect as Tong Wen, China’s olympic judo champion blames pork chops for her clenbuterol levels which led to a failed test and subsequent ban. Although the court of arbitration in sport (CAS) later reinstated her, ruling no doping violation could be proved, there should be no excuse. Any athlete has to be responsible for what is in their body. It is deeply worrying though, that where your meat comes from could soon be as important as where your supplements are batch tested.