Saturday 1 October 2016

Irish motorsport star suspended after testing positive for banned substance

Published 12/01/2016 | 14:50

Garreth Hayden, Honda Integra, in action in the Irish Touring Car race
Garreth Hayden, Honda Integra, in action in the Irish Touring Car race

Irish motorsport driver Garreth Hayden has been hit with a 15-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

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Motorsport Ireland and Sport Ireland jointly announce the news today that the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel determined that Hayden committed an anti-doping rule violation.

Hayden has been sanctioned by a period of ineligibility of 15 months commencing on July 6, 2015 – the date on which he was provisionally suspended by Motorsport Ireland.

In a doping control test immediately following his participation at the Irish Touring Car Championship in Mondello Park, he provided a sample which tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance, Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine). Mr Hayden’s results from June 7, 2015 are also disqualified.

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