Thursday 12 December 2019

Tipp board fined €500 over missed drug tests

Tipperary manager Eamonn O'Shea. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
Tipperary manager Eamonn O'Shea. Photo: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Jackie Cahill

Secretary Tim Floyd has confirmed that the Tipperary County Board was fined €500 as a result of players being absent for mandatory drugs tests last year.

Floyd admitted that he should have notified the Irish Sports Council that the Tipperary players would not be present at their training base on the night in question, in March 2013, but explained that the planned session may have been called off at short notice.

Floyd told Tipp FM: "Take last week, for instance. Our senior hurlers did not train last week. Eamon (O'Shea) and the management team left them back to their clubs.

"We would have notified the Sports Council – there is a text line or email where you are supposed to notify them that we wouldn't be training or would have changed location.

"I'd probably have to put my hand up – it was probably my fault last year that I didn't notify them.

"But maybe I didn't know either that they would have called off training on a particular night and I think that was the night the Sports Council happened to arrive down to do a test.

"The €500 fine covers their costs in coming down from Dublin to do the test."

Floyd confirmed that three players were tested out of competition on April 11, 2013, and two more were tested after the Allianz Hurling League final against Kilkenny.

PROCEDURE

And he revealed: "To explain the procedure, at the start of the year a designated person, which is the county secretary, will set up what is aptly called a whereabouts form.

"This form states the nights that you are training each week and at what location you are training. That would normally be Tuesday and Thursday night and we would put down Dr Morris Park as the location."

Floyd insisted that Tipperary have "no problem" with drug-testing and accepts that while top-level GAA players are amateurs, they are still expected to adhere to ISC guidelines.

He added: "These guys just appear in the dressing-room when you arrive at a venue. Before the match, you have to hand them the panel and they number those 1-26, and draw out three of them for the test.

"The minute they come off the field, a urine sample is taken. After a match, that's not very convenient, they're normally very dehydrated at that stage and often have to wait two or three hours.

"But we want the GAA to be as clean as anybody else. We have no problem with it.

"Whether you're amateur or professional, you have to comply with the whole anti-doping procedures."

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