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Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien at the launch of the Allianz Leagues earlier this year

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien at the launch of the Allianz Leagues earlier this year

Kerry’s Stephen O’Brien at the launch of the Allianz Leagues earlier this year

It has been a mixed few days for the GAA and its relationship with anti-doping regulations.

Over a conference call on Tuesday, some of the most senior figures in Sport Ireland confirmed that the GAA remained almost exclusively a 'clean' sport.

Chief Executive John Treacy and Director of Participation and Ethics Dr Una May revealed that GAA players were tested 135 times in 2019, using blood and urine testing in and out of competition, and recorded no adverse findings. There were also four tests each in camogie and ladies' football, all of which also came back clean.