Chinese volleyball coach blames Ractopamine for loss to USA in 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix The 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix concluded on Sunday in Ningbo, China. The Chinese team lost 3-0 to the US, and were placed 5th overall. The US team took home the title after five straight wins. Yu (Chinese coach)
“We lost the game. But if you look at the performance today, it was relatively consistent. In both passing and offence we were at a consistent level.”
Under intense criticism, Yu took everyone by surprise and blamed Ractopamine for his team’s loss. He said that his team members hadn’t eaten meat in 3 weeks out of fear of ingesting Ractopamine, which he said led to lower endurance levels and cramps when playing the US team. However, before losing to the US, the Chinese team had lost three games in a row. Some Internets users thought Ractopamine was totally irrelevant to the loss. Others said they believed the incident highlighted the food security threats facing Chinese. Whatever the reason, the Chinese team lost the game and that is a fact.