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China's Olympic runners raise chickens amid food fears: report(unwittingly doped)
Reuters ^ | 02/23/12

Posted on 02/27/2012 3:03:42 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

China's Olympic runners raise chickens amid food fears: report

Thu, Feb 23 2012

SHANGHAI | Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:12pm EST

(Reuters) - China's national marathon team, who are training for the London Olympics this summer, are raising their own chickens for food to avoid ingesting banned chemicals commonly found in meat in China, the Shanghai Daily reported on Friday.

The athletes, who are training in China's southwestern province of Yunnan, are also procuring yak meat from local highland herdsman to avoid eating at local restaurants where banned additives are sometimes present in food.

Clenbuterol, a banned chemical, is sometimes fed to livestock by unscrupulous farmers to produce lean meat that can then be sold for a higher price.

The chemical is also considered a performance-enhancing drug and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

"Since we don't have a canteen to provide safe food, we have to cook meals ourselves because it is risky to eat at a street restaurant," the newspaper reported a team official as saying.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; foodsafety; olympics
So if you suddenly feel energetic after your trip to China, it is likely that it is due to 'chemically enhanced' food you ate at Chinese restaurant.:-)
1 posted on 02/27/2012 3:03:49 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster
But why? Are the chinese runners worried that their lock on last place could be in jeopardy?

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2 posted on 02/27/2012 3:09:10 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Jeff Head; Tainan; hedgetrimmer; Unam Sanctam; taxesareforever; Avenger; ...
In a previous Olympic game, a Chinese athlete got caught in a doping test because she took some herbs her hometown folk gave her, because it is known to boost one’s physical performance. Neither she or the hometown folk realized that it contained banned ‘performance-enhancing’ chemicals. Honest mistakes on both parts. However, getting such chemicals from any local eatery, enough to fail a doping test, is disturbing.
3 posted on 02/27/2012 3:09:10 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster (The way to crush the bourgeois is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

and they pray at every meal to give thanks they are not North Korean.


4 posted on 02/27/2012 3:19:57 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

All part of the training routine. This reminds me of the chicken chasing scenes in the Rocky movies. “Makes ya greasy fast.”


5 posted on 02/27/2012 7:41:59 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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