North Korean Players Fail Drug Tests at Women’s World Soccer Championship

Two North Korean players failed drug tests at the Women’s World Cup in Germany, soccer’s governing body said.

Song Jong Sun and Jong Pok Sim were provisionally suspended before yesterday’s game against Colombia in Bochum, FIFA said in a statement, without identifying which substances they tested positive for. The two had been tested after the team’s previous matches and the results received yesterday morning.

As a result, the entire North Korean team was tested after yesterday’s game, FIFA said. North Korea failed to advance out of the group stage.

Colombian goalkeeper Yineth Varon was suspended June 28 after a positive out-of-competition drug test three days earlier. She requested her second sample be tested, which confirmed the first, and disciplinary proceedings have now been opened against her, FIFA said, without identifying the substance.

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