Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Any time a coach asked where he was, we got a sick note': John Conlan reignites O'Reilly absence debate

Published 17/08/2016 | 02:30

Team Ireland coach John Conlan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Team Ireland coach John Conlan. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

The recriminations over Irish boxing's worst Olympics since Athens '04 continued yesterday when coach John Conlan challenged the IABA's Monday statement on Michael O'Reilly's attendance record at High Performance training prior to departure for Rio.

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The association seemed to challenge Conlan's assertion that O'Reilly had not trained within the High Performance unit for eight weeks prior to these Games, from which he was expelled for a doping violation.

"I have a calendar with every date that guy was in camp," said Conlan yesterday. "Let the IABA put whatever they want out, but I was there in camp. Ten days that guy was in camp with me, that was it. Ninety-six days to Rio, I seen him 16 days."

Asked if maybe the confusion might have been over whether O'Reilly's eight-week absence from training had been consecutive weeks, a furious Conlan replied "It was more than eight weeks. It was wrong.

"Ask his coach (IABA president Pat Ryan) where he was because any time a coach asked where he was, we got a sick note."

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