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Monday 5 December 2016

Faster, higher, stronger, slyer

Published 07/08/2016 | 02:30

Ireland's Michael O'Reilly made the headlines after testing positive for a banned substance. Photo: Paul Mohan / Sportsfile
Ireland's Michael O'Reilly made the headlines after testing positive for a banned substance. Photo: Paul Mohan / Sportsfile

It was another sad case of "Say it ain't so" when one of our best prospects for an Olympic gold medal appeared to have tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. Unfortunately, it now appears that it is so.

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There has been some controversy about just when the sports authorities knew about the result of Michael O'Reilly's 'A' sample and whether they could have dealt with the matter a week ago before he travelled to Rio. But really, that is of no consequence.

What matters is that the phenomenon of drugs in sport has reared its ugly head again, and this time it is an Irish boxer who stands accused. If Michael O'Reilly is sent home from Rio, he will be the first Olympic boxer ever to suffer this fate.

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