NKoreans: Musk deer meds cause failed WCup tests

FILE - In this July 6, 2011 file pictureNorth Korea's players leave the pitch for a doping test after the group C match against Colombia at the Women's Soccer World Cup in Bochum, Germany. A FIFA source said Saturday July 16, 2011 that a total of five North Korean players have tested positive for steroids at the women's World Cup. After two players were caught during the tournament, FIFA tested the rest of the North Korean squad and found that three more tested positive, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the announcement had yet to be made official. The events represent football biggest doping scandal in 17 years at a major tournament. The last doping case at the men's World Cup was Diego Maradona, who was kicked out of the 1994 tournament in the United States after testing positive for stimulants. FIFA has already met with a North Korean delegation, the source said, and heard arguments that the steroids were accidentally taken with traditional Chinese medicines based on musk glands to treat players who had been struck by lightning on June 8 during a training camp. The case will now be taken up by FIFA's disciplinary committee. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner.File)

July 16, 2011 7:40:54 PM PDT
North Korea officials blamed traditional musk deer gland medicine used after a lightening strike for five positive tests for steroids at the Women's World Cup, the biggest soccer doping scandal at a major tournament in 17 years.