Irish cyclist hit with four-year ban for doping
Irish cyclist Ciaran Kelly has been banned for four years after he was found guilty of doping, the Irish Sports Council have confirmed.
Twenty-seven-year-old Kelly tested positive for Clebuterol on April 20 last year and he has 21 days to appeal his ban, which starts today.
Although the standard ban for such an offence is two years, Kelly's was doubled.
Cycling Ireland and the Irish Sports Council released a joint statement this evening.
"Ciaran Kelly has been sanctioned by a period of ineligibility of 4 years commencing on the 27th July 2015, the date of the decision, subject to rights of appeal within 21 days of that date under the Irish Anti-Doping Rules ("the Rules")," it read.
"In a competition test carried out on 20th April 2014, he provided a sample which tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance, Clebuterol.
"In relation to the increased period of ineligibility, under Article 10.5 of the Rules, the Panel determined that: Aggravating circumstances are present in this case which justify the imposition of a period of ineligibility greater than the standard sanction of 2 years, and that the period of ineligibility otherwise applicable should be increased up to the maximum period of 4 years.
"As regards duration of sanction, under Article 10.7.3.1 of the Rules, the Panel determined that: Mr. Kelly failed to respect the provisional suspension imposed by Cycling Ireland, and have decided that he should not receive any credit for the period of provisional suspension against the four year period of ineligibility which is now imposed".
"The hearing was held on under Article 8 (Disciplinary Process) of the 2009 Irish Anti-Doping Rules and this announcement is made pursuant to Article 15 (Public Disclosure) of the Rules."