Sunday, July 17, 2011

North Korean Musk Deer Gland Doping Scandal

Remember when North Korea's Women's World Cup team supposedly got struck by lightening? Remember how two of them got busted for doping? Well... 3 more tested positive for doping.

...Doping with musk deer glands.

I'm not kidding, this is a quote from an AP article.
FIFA has already met with a North Korean delegation and heard arguments that the steroids were accidentally taken with traditional Chinese medicines based on musk deer glands to treat players who had been struck by lightning on June 8 during a training camp in North Korea.
The gland in question comes from musk deer living in a large swathe of Asia from Siberia to North Korea. The hairy 4-centimeter gland is usually cut open to extract a liquid that is used for medical purposes. 
Understandably, he FIFA officials are having a hard time with this case. Apparently this is the first time a hair-deer-sack doping case has ever happened to the organization. Also, the circumstances surrounding this doping case and the lightening strikes that apparently sent "more than 5 players to hospital" are also very hairy. Ahem. Read more about it here. North Korea Doping Scandal: 3 More Players Test Positive For Steroids At Women's World Cup

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