Friday 24 March 2017

Our heroic boxers don't deserve cloud of scandal

Michael O’Reilly’s failed test is a shattering blow. Photo: Sportsfile
Michael O’Reilly’s failed test is a shattering blow. Photo: Sportsfile
Editorial

Editorial

There is an irony in the fact that while the Olympic flame never dies out, so many appear to be in the dark about doping and its impact. As three billion people sat down to watch the opening ceremony last night, many were scratching their heads that the Russians could be there.

In the most explosive sporting scandal in history, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) had found that a state-sponsored policy of doping their athletes was in place. No matter.

The first cloud of scandal over taking a banned substance hangs over Irish boxers. This is not just unfair, but monumentally so. No group of Irish athletes has brought more glory or displayed more guts than these fighters.

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