The Belgian bodybuilding championships were canceled this weekend after every single competitor suddenly had to be somewhere else and dropped out. I'm sure the unannounced arrival of the doping officials was just a coincidence.
There were twenty bodybuilders entered in the weekend competition, but all of them simply packed up and left the moment a doping official entered the locker room.
"I have never seen anything like it and hope never to see anything like it again," said anti-doping official Hans Cooman. He said some bodybuilders just grabbed all their gear and ran off when he came into the room....
"The sport has a history of doping and this incident didn't do its reputation any good," Cooman said.
Belgium's bodybuilding federation did not dispute the facts but said it could not explain why the competitors had suddenly rushed off.
"There is only one conclusion I can think of and that is doping," Cooman said.
During in-competition testing of bodybuilding events last year, the doping authorities of northern Belgium's Flanders region found three-quarters of the competitors tested positive for doping, with most showing excessive levels of anabolic steroids.
Maybe they just had to hurry out to get to a big waffle sale down at the Brussels' IHOP. Tasty, tasty, hormone-filled waffles.
Belgian bodybuilders flee anti-doping officials, forcing cancellation of event [Canadian Press; pic via]