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Belgian sporting event cancelled after competitors flee

Someone might say “I went to a bodybuilding championship and a track and field competition broke out.” From AP-

The Belgian bodybuilding championship has been canceled after doping officials showed up and all the competitors fled.

A doping official says bodybuilders just grabbed their gear and ran off when he came into the room.

Next year the drug testers need to wear sneakers and be prepared to run when they arrive.

“I have never seen anything like it and hope never to see anything like it again,” doping official Hans Cooman said Monday.

Twenty bodybuilders were entered in the weekend competition.

You mean all twenty of them took off?

Cooman says the sport has a history of doping “and this incident didn’t do its reputation any good.”

You think so?

During testing of bodybuilding events last year, doping authorities of northern Belgium’s Flanders region found that three-quarters of the competitors tested positive.

All who fled are guilty till proven innocent. Ban them all.

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