Two Irish athletes banned after positive tests for banned substances last year
A report from the Irish Council on anti-doping testing has revealed that two Irish athletes were banned for positive tests while another was suspended for failing to disclose his whereabouts on three occasions.
The Irish Sports Council today published their Anti-Doping figures for 2013.
Irish athlete Tomas Rauktys, a discus and shot putt thrower, was banned for two years for after he tested positive for prohibited substance Stanozolol after his win at the National Championships in 2013.
Young Munster player John Moroney underwent a three-month ban after testing positive for cannabis after the All-Ireland Division One league match against Old Belvedere at Anglesea Road on February 2, 2013.
Irish national champion Sean Turner was given a one-year ban last month after he failed to give his whereabouts by the required deadline three times in the space of 18 months.
Chief executive of the Irish Sports Council John Treacy told Newstalk: "It is well-known to Irish sports people that we have a very robust anti-doping programme.
"We are all the time continuing to develop it. We've increased our blood tests this year by 44pc. That's a huge increase in terms of blood testing.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar, who represented the EU on the WADA Foundation Board since November 2012 acknowledged the work to date:
"I want to send a clear message out today that doping should not be tolerated at any level," he said.
"Ireland has a world class Anti-Doping Programme and I want to commend Professor Buckley and the Irish Sports Council for their excellent work.
"My Department and the Sports Council also played a key role during Ireland's EU Presidency in addressing doping issues at international level, particularly in terms of data protection."
Dr. Brendan Buckley, Chairman of the Anti-Doping Committee said: "We are proud that we are internationally recognised at the forefront of the fight against doping
through our national Anti-Doping Programme. We are leaders in employing the 'Athlete Biological Passport' process, which can indicate blood and EPO doping as well as steroid manipulation."
Below is a table of how many athletes from each sport were tested from the report: