Sunday 19 November 2017

40pc of Irish athletes admit knowing a drugs cheat as rugby tops TUE list

Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy. Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Sport Ireland chief executive John Treacy. Photo: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Barry Lennon

Sport Ireland revealed that 40pc of athletes know others who have used banned substances in the past.

The results of the same study showed 90pc of athletes believed it was “morally wrong under any circumstances” to dope.

These figures were the result of a survey conducted between August and February this year, with 148 athletes completing the online questionnaire.

The study was Chief Executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy said : “Globally 2016 was a difficult year and Sport Ireland felt compelled to join with other world leaders in anti-doping to strongly condemn the type of behaviour which was revealed in the McLaren Reports.”

Cycling (250), athletics (156) and rugby (113) are among the most tested sports in Ireland.

Rugby also tops the list for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) in Ireland, with 11 of the 12 sought granted. 

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