Chinese athletes may not be performing as well as they could, as they forsake meat for fear of chemical contamination 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. The loss might be connected to the fact that the players have not had any meat for three weeks, explained the coach.
@普惠中国 ：The story about clenbuterol resulting in the women's volleyball team's loss is not a joke. However, this explanation sounds a little farfetched. No one wins every time in battle, as success or failure are both common. The women's volleyball team should find reasons from both the subjective side and objective side for its failures, and I'm afraid that it's unacceptable to consider clenbuterol as the only reason for their failures.
@cinddy2000：Attributing their poor performance to not eating pork is not only a cynical joke, but it reflects that people are not satisfied with current food safety conditions. If the tainted meat didn't exist, why would athletes be nervous about their food? Athletes dare not to eat meat due to the possible illegal drugs in it, but what about us ordinary people; can we eat meat that is safe?
@田南帆：We can supply meat for so many officials, but we're unable to do so for the national women's volleyball team? China's food safety has affected the embodiment of our national strength, the health of all people, and future generations. Under this type of environment, we don't need to wait for others to destroy us, as we've already deeply hurt ourselves.