London, 07 May 2014 – Due to continuing concerns over contaminated meat in certain parts of the world, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has emphasized the need for athletes to exercise extreme caution with regards to eating meat when travelling to competitions in China and Mexico.
It has been shown that Mexico and China have a serious problem with meat contaminated with the prohibited substance Clenbuterol, and WADA’s message to athletes competing in these countries remains the same: eat only in restaurants and cafeterias that have been approved by your federation and/or event organizer.
Furthermore, when eating outside these designated cafeteria and restaurants, always try to eat in large numbers (as any contamination is likely to affect several people, thus supporting an explanation of inadvertent ingestion).
“We have collected sufficient evidence to demonstrate that in some countries there is a risk of eating meat that might be contaminated so we say to athletes that they should be sensible and cautious about where they eat,” said WADA Director General David Howman. It is the responsibility of event organizers and governments to ensure the meat available to athletes is not contaminated.”
“These countries have assured WADA that they are taking steps to deal with this problem and to enforce laws that are in place to prevent steroid feeding of animals, but at the moment it is vital that athletes, coaches and team managers are aware of ways to avoid any risk.”
China’s General Administration of Sport has issued a warning to all athletes [...] not to eat certain meats in China for fear they could accidentally ingest the prohibited substance Clenbuterol. The national team has been advised to stop eating beef, lamb and pork, due to fears that they could consume the banned substance. When dining in restaurants, China’s athletes have been advised to eat either chicken or fish.
Tennis players are known to have been among those whose anti-doping samples have been found to contain clenbuterol, and so have exposed themselves to the risk of being charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation. All players are strongly advised to follow the advice contained in this notice where possible:
1. Eat only in restaurants and cafeterias that have been approved by your federation and/or event organizer.
2. When eating outside these designated cafeteria and restaurants, always try to eat in large numbers.
3. When dining in restaurants, eat either chicken or fish.
Please visit the WADA website for further information.