Boxer 'will regret it for rest of his life'
Published 06/08/2016 | 02:30
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.
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.