Sunday 23 October 2016

Irish boxer Michael O'Reilly deletes bizarre tweet following alleged failed drugs test

Published 04/08/2016 | 20:20

Michael O'Reilly Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Michael O'Reilly Photo: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Irish middleweight boxer Michal O’Reilly has deleted a bizarre tweet insinuating that he is fighting at the Rio Olympics as scheduled, despite receiving a provisional suspension for an alleged failed drugs test.

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Irish sport was left reeling after it emerged that O’Reilly had been flagged for a possible violation originating from a test carried out by the Irish Sports Council.

O’Reilly, a gold medallist at last year’s inaugural European Games in Baku, can contest the finding, accept it or ask for another test.

The 23-year-old was included in Thursday's Olympic draw in Rio, and was one of five Irish boxers to receive a bye. O’Reilly’s tournament was scheduled to being at the last 16, prior to this afternoon’s developments.

However, in a strange tweet, published hours after his suspension was announced, O’Reilly appears to be intimating that he will compete as normal.

O'Reilly posted the following message shortly after news of his failed drugs test broke: "Box on the 12th in the last 16 against the winner of Mexico or Iraq....."

O'Reilly has since deleted the tweet as the saga rumbles on.

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