Tuesday 23 July 2019

Olympics over for O'Reilly

Boxer Michael O’Reilly. Photo: Paul Mohan
Boxer Michael O’Reilly. Photo: Paul Mohan
Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

Michael O'Reilly's Olympics finally ended yesterday with an admission that the Irish middleweight may have unintentionally ingested a prohibited substance.

He will become the first Irish athlete expelled from an Olympic Games after choosing to pre-empt the testing of his B sample by confirming he had taken a supplement given to him "by someone unrelated to his team or association".

The admission effectively terminates his appeal against the provisional ban announced in response to last Thursday's revelation that he had failed a drug test.

O'Reilly (23) was notified on the eve of last week's Opening Ceremony that an adverse finding had been made against a urine sample he gave prior to departure for Rio and he was immediately removed from the boxing team's headquarters in the athletes' village.

Yesterday's statement suggests that, at the time of the test, O'Reilly disclosed the fact that he had taken the supplement.

Offering a "sincere apology" to fellow boxers, coaches, the IABA and IOC, O'Reilly said he "now freely admits that he unintentionally took a supplement that may have contained a prohibited substance."

He almost certainly faces a two-year ban from the sport.

Irish Independent

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