Saturday 1 October 2016

Michael O'Reilly will not have his 'B' sample tested and will go straight to appeal

Vincent Hogan, in Rio

Published 05/08/2016 | 22:53

Michael O’Reilly has lodged a formal appeal in doping scandal
Michael O’Reilly has lodged a formal appeal in doping scandal

In a dramatic twist to the Michael O'Reilly story, it has emerged that the Clonmel-born middleweight will not request the testing of his 'B' sample but has chosen instead to go straight to appeal.

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Possible grounds for such an appeal range from having inadvertently consumed a contaminated substance that had been tampered with to ingesting something prohibited through "no fault or negligence" on his part.

The appeal will be heard by the Irish Sports Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel in Dublin.

O'Reilly has been segregated from the other Irish Olympians in the Olympic village following the news that he had failed a drug's test.

He received a bye in the draw on Thursday and is due to fight next Friday in the last 16 of the middleweight division.

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