Monday 20 November 2017

Let's not blind ourselves to the possibility of doping in GAA

Kerry’s Brendan O’Sullivan. Photo: Sportsfile
Kerry’s Brendan O’Sullivan. Photo: Sportsfile
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Amid the cacophony of noise surrounding the news last weekend that a Kerry footballer failed a doping test 14 months ago came an inevitable drone.

As predictable as Dean Rock sticking a dead ball over the black spot, the traditional GAA man was straight out protesting that a doping culture doesn't exist within the GAA and, as such, Brendan O'Sullivan's transgression was little more than an aberration.

Such myopic views only hold the GAA back. For years, the same GAA man would guffaw at his soccer cousins; their diving would never be seen on Gaelic fields, he'd whine. Too busy handing out off-the-ball digs, perhaps.

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