'Cow cocaine' warning has bearing on Alberto Contador court casehttp://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/20 ... court-case
"[We] have received compelling evidence … that indicates a serious health problem in Mexico with regards to meat contaminated with clenbuterol," it said in a statement. "Wada's message to athletes travelling to Mexico remains the same and that is to exercise extreme caution with regard to what they eat and where they eat.
"If possible, they should eat in cafeterias designated as safe by event organisers and also try to eat in large numbers. The state government in Guadalajara has taken steps to ensure the meat available to athletes at the Pan American Games will not be contaminated."
The warning came as Wada also confirmed it had withdrawn an appeal to CAS over a decision by the Mexico football federation not to punish five players who tested positive for the drug during the summer's Concacaf Gold Cup in the US.
..............Given these warnings and given Wada's acceptance of the defence made by the five Mexican footballers, it is hard to see how it can possibly win its case against Contador, which will come before CAS in November.
The Spanish rider tested positive for the banned steroid during the 2010 Tour de France but was then cleared by the Spanish cycling federation – a ruling now being appeal by Wada. The hearing was due to take place in the summer but was postponed, allowing the Spaniard to compete in this year's Tour in which he finished fifth.