Irish male boxer provisionally suspended after failing drugs test
Published 04/08/2016 | 16:36
An Irish male boxer has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance on the eve of the Rio Olympic Games, the Irish Athletic Boxing Association has confirmed.
The boxer, who has been widely named in media reports, failed a test that was not carried out at the Games, and has the option of having a 'B' sample tested.
In a statement, the IABA said: " The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) has been notified by Sport Ireland today of an alleged violation of the Irish Anti-doping Rules committed by one of the boxers in our High Performance Unit.
"In following the strict procedures applying to an adverse analytical finding, the athlete in question has been informed and is provisionally suspended.
"The boxer can request to have a 'B' sample tested but cannot participate in any competition or activity prior to the completion of an investigation under Article 8 of the Irish Anti-doping Rules.
"The Irish Athletic Boxing Association has always maintained a zero tolerance approach to doping and Irish Boxing has been one of the most widely tested sports by the National Anti-Doping Programme over the last number of years.
"IABA's policy is that doping is contrary to the spirit of sport and every member of the association has a duty to ensure that the sport is free of doping. We ensure our boxers are available for testing in and out of competition."
Ireland has a team of eight boxers in Rio, all of whom were included in the official competition draw on Thursday.
The Olympic Council of Ireland released a statement which read: "The Olympic Council of Ireland can confirm that the Sport Ireland Anti-Doping Agency has returned an adverse analytical finding in an A-sample provided to anti-doping officers.
"The finding relates to a test not conducted at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The athlete has been provisionally suspended from competition and can take part in no sports activity, including training, in accordance with the WADA Code.
"The athlete will now decide whether to accept a sanction for a doping violation, to request that a B-sample be tested, or to appeal the provisional suspension.
"No further communication will be made on the matter and the athlete's identity will remain confidential unless the sanction is accepted or the B-sample is tested and also returns an adverse analytical finding."
AIBA director of communications William Louis-Marie told Press Association Sport that the governing body was currently unaware of any developments regarding the failed test.
Louis-Marie said: "The process is that a federation must inform their respective Olympic committee and this would ultimately be passed on to us.
"Only when AIBA is made aware of any reported issue would we be in a position to take the appropriate action."
The positive test came on the same day that the 11 Russian boxers that had qualified for the Games had been cleared to compete by the International Olympic Committee's review panel.