Bodybuilders Lose Before Championship Starts

This week, some of the muscles from Brussels shrank at the sight of empty plastic cups.

The Belgian men's bodybuilding championships were supposed to be held, but when three drug testers showed up at the arena to take samples, all 20 competitors got up and left — as fast as their overdeveloped hamstrings could manage it.

"From the moment they knew that there was anti-doping control, they just went away," said Dr. Hans Cooman, one of the officials. "I have never seen anything like it, and hope never to see anything like it again."

Last year, 22 of the 29 contestants tested positive for using steroids. Three hundred spectators had to be told that there would be no championship this year.

Or as the New York Post headlined, "He-Men Flee Instead Of Pee."



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