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Coo-dunnit? The pigeon sport’s Tour de France fluctuated after 11 birds were found dead in suspected poisoning

Coo-dunnit? Pigeon racing Tour de France is shaken after 11 birds found dead in suspected poisoning on the eve of the event

  • The annual Barcelona 2020 pigeon race has been hit by the scandal
  • 11 pigeons from French owners were found dead before tomorrow’s race
  • Early autopsy uncovered engine fluid in one of the fateful birds
  • Club des Internationaux Français has now withdrawn all its 2,000 entries
  • Race organizer says ‘this is the worst thing that has happened to us’

The Tour de France of pigeon racing has been hit by a scandal after 11 birds were found dead with suspected poisoning – forcing the withdrawal of 2,000 French entries to the competition.

The Barcelona 2020 pigeon race will take place tomorrow without the strong French bird contingent after two were found dead Monday morning, followed by nine more.

Another seven pigeons were found unwell in the enclosure they all kept in the northern region of Chéreng, which led Club des Internationaux Français (CIF) to withdraw its pigeons from the major annual event.

An autopsy has already shown that one of the dead pigeons, according to the Belgian flight organizers, had a car fluid called AdBlue in its nerve. It is believed that a watering can may have been contaminated with the substance.

An autopsy has already shown that one of the dead pigeons had an auto fluid in the intestines known as AdBlue. Club des Internationaux Français has already withdrawn its 2,000 entries for the Barcelona 2020 race (stock image)

An autopsy has already shown that one of the dead pigeons had an auto fluid in the intestines known as AdBlue. Club des Internationaux Français has already withdrawn its 2,000 entries for the Barcelona 2020 race (stock image)

“Nobody wanted this, everyone is devastated,” said competition organizer Luc de Geest of the Cureghem Center group, according to the France24.

He added, “That’s why we’re not going to investigate who exactly used that deadly watering can.”

Philippe Odent, president of the French club of pigeon fanciers, described the poisoning as a 'fatal error'

Philippe Odent, president of the French club of pigeon fanciers, described the poisoning as a 'fatal error'

Philippe Odent, president of the French club of pigeon fanciers, described the poisoning as a ‘fatal error’

The Barcelona race is the endurance event of the year for European pigeon racers. Nearly 15,000 pigeons fly 660 miles over the Pyrenees at a price of £ 225,000.

The French pigeons had gathered in Chéreng before the race this year, instead of in Belgium, to minimize movements due to coronavirus.

Some within the racing community reacted with joy to the news – and were labeled vultures and parasites by the president of the French pigeon devotee club, Philippe Odent, who described the poisoning as a ‘fatal mistake’.

In a letter to members of the organization, he said, “Their words are indifferent to me and it would be too much honor for them to comment, but I think many have fortunately identified the kind of sad characters they are.”

The race in Barcelona will continue tomorrow.

The Spirit said, “This is the worst thing that has happened to us in more than half a century of Barcelona.”

“And in a year in which [the coronavirus] was already so restrictive for the pigeon sport. Barcelona would be a party, but it makes the disaster year even worse. ‘

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