Thursday 24 August 2017

Treacy: IOC can't speak with any credibility

Chief Executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy during a press conference for the publication of the
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy during a press conference for the publication of the "Rio Review". Photo: Sportsfile

Cathal Dennehy

Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy has strongly criticised the International Olympic Committee following allegations that it failed to investigate positive drugs tests at the 2008 Games.

Last weekend German broadcaster ARD reported that the IOC had chosen to take no action over the presence of banned steroid clenbuterol in the urine of several unnamed athletes, including male Jamaican sprinters.

"They put themselves central to anti-doping reform and I don't think they can speak with any credibility whatsoever," said Treacy. "If we have a (doping) case, even if it's traces, we have a duty and obligation to pursue those cases."

The IOC claimed the cases were dropped due to the minute traces of the drug possibly being caused by food contamination.

But Una May, the head of Sport Ireland's anti-doping unit, said: "There's no place for those kind of excuses or avoidance.

"If you're going to open a sample then you have to be prepared to pursue a case. We put a lot of pressure on our athletes with testing, then they go and compete internationally and find the athletes they compete against aren't being treated equally.

"Leadership from the IOC is critical to get the strong message out there and we're not seeing that at the moment, at all."

Irish Independent

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