Olympic Banned Substance – Capsaicin!

by Hot Juan on April 26, 2010 · 0 comments

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Beijing 2008 Olympics

Beijing 2008 Olympics

In my research for this blog I read lots of rubbish about chillies, but one thing that I had to track down was a story that Capsaicin was a banned substance at the Olympics.

It took a while to find the origin or the story, but it seems that it is a banned substance due to its pain relief properties, not when taken orally but when applied topically (externally).

A number of horses at the Beijing’s Olympics failed drugs tests due to this, the use of the Capsaicin may not have been used for pain relief, but “to increase sensitivity in the legs to make the horse more cautious over the fences and less likely to drop rails” to quote an article at the time.
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