CHAOS: Doping extends into world of pigeon racing

Sarah Hofmann Contributor
Font Size:

Drugs have invaded almost every sport under the sun. Professional baseball players started juicing back in the 90s. Lance Armstrong used blood doping to help him win seven Tour de France titles. However, we now have proof that nothing — nothing — is sacred.

Six racing pigeons in South Africa tested positive for drugs, according to the BBC. Trainers gave the hapless avian athletes painkillers, cocaine and other substances.

As the BBC explains, “the riches and glamour connected with racing pigeons have brought many problems, including thefts from breeders and racketeering.” One pigeon was even sold to a Chinese businessman for $400,000 in May.

When will the madness end? When can a noble and classic sport remain as such? Take this opportunity to teach your pigeons the importance of just saying no.

Follow Sarah on Twitter