Saturday 20 January 2018

Report into Brendan O’Sullivan anti-doping violation imminent

Kerry player banned for 21 weeks bore 'no significant fault'

Kerry's Brendan O'Sullivan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Kerry's Brendan O'Sullivan. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A full judgement on the case that led to Kerry footballer Brendan O'Sullivan being suspended for 21 weeks for an anti-doping violation will emerge over the next 48 hours.

Sport Ireland released a statement yesterday outlining that the player had tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine (MHA) after the 2016 league final defeat to Dublin but "bore no significant fault or negligence" because it was a contaminated product case.

He was subsequently banned for seven months after accepting he had committed the violation and entering into a consultation process with Sport Ireland relating to a suspension. But he refused to accept that length of ban and had his case then referred to the GAA's anti-doping committee. They subsequently reduced the ban to six months but on further appeal it dropped to 21 weeks.

Because there was acceptance that a product that O'Sullivan had taken was contaminated, the ban could be temporarily lifted in accordance with new anti-doping rules introduced in 2015.

O'Sullivan served 11 weeks initially from May 13 to July 28 but was then eligible for Kerry's final two championship games and a club programme before the process resumed in February. He served the remaining 10 weeks from the end of February until early May.



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