Bodybuilders Lose Before Championship Starts The Belgian men's bodybuilding championships were supposed to be held last week, 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.
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Bodybuilders Lose Before Championship Starts

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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 just as fast as their overdeveloped hamstrings could manage it.

From the moment they knew 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 I 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.

Okay, it's the New York Post, not the Financial Times.

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