North Korea stars test positive for steroids.
The women’s World Cup in Germany has plunged into chaos after North Korea defenders Song Jong-Sun and Jong Pok-Sim both tested positive for steroids.
The players were tested after the first two games against the United States and Sweden and their samples were examined by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
The pair were immediately removed from the team that drew 0-0 with Colombia in Bochum on Wednesday as the authorities found a banned anabolic steroid in their system.
Following the match, the whole North Korea team were tested.
The tests were examined in a laboratory in Kreischa, east Germany, and then verified at the German Sport University in Cologne.
Despite the North Koreans being eliminated at the group stage the news of the drug scandal will rock the sport.
The sports reputation was severely dented by allegations that the Nigerian women’s team were banned from playing lesbians by the government.
These latest allegations, although unlikely to stop the continuation of the tournament, will certainly cast a dark shadow over the game.
“Two players from Korea DPR, Jong Sun Song and Sim Pok Jong, were provisionally suspended prior to their team’s match against Colombia in Bochum yesterday in view of adverse analytical findings in the ‘A’ samples collected during two anti-doping tests conducted after the team’s previous matches in the 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup,” Fifa said in a statement.
“This is a unique event at the World Cup but if there are two positive samples in a team it means we have to investigate,” said Fifa’s chief medical officer, Dr. Jiri Dvorak.
“This is a very sad day.”
Another drug scandal has also emerged in the women’s game with Colombia star Yineth Varon failing an out-of-competition test conducted in Leverkusen on June 25.
Varon has also been provisionally suspended and disciplinary proceedings are still pending.