Thursday 29 September 2016

Boxer 'will regret it for rest of his life'

Robin Schiller

Published 06/08/2016 | 02:30

Eamon Coghlan: defended the anti-doping programme here. Photo: Tom Burke
Eamon Coghlan: defended the anti-doping programme here. Photo: Tom Burke

Former world champion and Olympic long-distance runner Eamon Coghlan has said the Michael O'Reilly controversy has dealt a blow to Ireland's image.

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However, he was adamant that Ireland's anti-doping programme was "vigorous" and said boxer O'Reilly would have to live with the regret.

"It's a very sad situation," he said. "It's bad for the image of Ireland, which has a rigorous and well-run anti-doping programme.

"It's a serious thing and this young chap will regret it for the rest of his life. The Irish anti-doping programme is very rigorous and even if it's a simple error, a recreational drug or a performance-enhancing drug, that's it - you're gone. Other countries may turn a blind eye to it but the Irish have a zero-tolerance policy, towards it - and rightly so."

Mr Coghlan won gold at the 1983 Helsinki World Championships and represented Ireland at three Olympic Games.

Irish Independent

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