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Athletics: Fagan receives expected two-year suspension


Martin Fagan

Martin Fagan

Martin Fagan

AS expected, Mullingar marathon runner Martin Fagan has received a two-year ban from his sport.

The 28-year old appeared before the Irish Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel last night, but the meeting was short and swift because he had already confessed to using EPO (erythropoietin) last month.

The committee confirmed that Fagan tested positive for recombinant erythropoietin in a sample collected on behalf of the Irish Sports Council during an out-of-competition test in Tucson, Arizona on December 10 last.

Fagan's decision to confess to the offence was looked upon favourably.

Fagan has 14 days to appeal the ban, a move that would be highly unlikely after his admission of guilt.

Last night's joint statement from the Sports Council and Athletics Ireland revealed that "the panel has decided that because of the prompt admission of the violation by Mr Fagan, the appropriate commencement date for the period of ineligibility is December 10, 2011, the date on which the sample was collected."

That means Fagan will be eligible to compete in athletics again on December 11, 2013, but his dream of competing in a second Olympic Games this summer is already shattered.

"I can handle the blame, what it's done to my career," Fagan said earlier this week. "But I hate what it's done to all the other people, my family, the other Irish athletes"

Irish Independent