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Even Athlete Animals Cheat: Racing Pigeons In Belgium Are Having A Serious Doping Scandal

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Sean Levinson

World-class cyclists aren’t the only competitive racers who have been doping their blood.

Several owners of Belgian racing pigeons have been drugging the birds to enhance performance.

According to Time, Belgian media reported earlier today that a rather large amount of racing pigeons were found to have been given painkillers and even cocaine before competitions.

A South African lab detected drugs in 20 birds sent their way from the Belgian Pigeon Racing Federation.

And the Guardian reports that once again, like in cycling, pigeon blood-doping has been going on for years– since 2001 to be exact.

While pigeon racing may not seem like a serious sport to most, prizes for these races usually rank in the millions.

One of these big winners, a top-ranked pigeon named Bolt (after Olympic runner Usain Bolt) was recently sold to a Chinese businessman for $430,000.

Via: Time, Top Photo Courtesy: Getty Images

Sean Levinson

Sean Levinson

Staff Writer

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