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Sao Paulo just missed collective doping in trip to Argentina

By dpa news     Sep 21, 2007 in Sports
Brazilian football team Sao Paulo just missed collective doping for consumption of poppy seeds used in their meal at a Buenos Aires hotel on the eve of a game against Boca Juniors.
Team Physiologist Turibio Leite de Barros told Brazilian media on Friday that he noticed the substance - considered doping - before the players' supper of chicken and beans and sent the meal back to hotel kitchens.
Sao Paulo played Boca on Wednesday in the Copa Sudamericana, the second most important competition for South American club teams after the Copa Libertadores.
Leite de Barros explained that Sao Paulo officials have a habit of checking food in club travels, especially in South American countries, "where the use of poppy seed to decorate dishes is common."
The physiologist ruled out that the presence of the forbidden substance may have been deliberate.
"It was a mistake by the hotel cook," Leite de Barros said.
Sao Paulo doctor Jose Sanches noted that the decision to give back the contaminated meal was preventive, since the Brazilian club does not know whether it would have been detected by a doping test.
"There is no minimum level of consumption for the substance to be identified. But if it had been detected in the doping test there would be no justification, because it is forbidden," he stressed. dpa re vs ds
 
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