Issues with contaminated food in China and the upcoming Olympics.
Chinese athletes may not be performing as well as they could, as they forsake meat for fear of chemicalcontamination that would interfere with urine tests. With the London Olympics around the corner, this poses quite a problem.
The Chinese women's volleyball team lost 3-0 to the US at the 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix finals which concluded Sunday in Ningbo, China. Before that, China lost three out of their four other matches to Brazil, Turkey, and Thailand.
Strangely, in all of these games, it seemed that the Chinese team could play well for the first two sets but began to flag in the later half of the game, Chinese media reported.
The loss might be connected to the fact that the players have not had any meat for three weeks, explained the coach.
"We dare not eat meat when competing outside [of our home base] for fear of clenbuterol … and it does affect our strength," said Yu Juemin, head coach of the Chinese women's volleyball team, according to the Beijing News on Monday.
Of course there are world class athletes who are vegetarians and vegans, so ...
The larger issue, of course, is food safety and so many other public protections in China. The absense of government in consumer protection is amazing - what the GOP aspires to in the US. Of course the wealthy will always do well.