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IABA Release Statement Contradicting Claim By Irish Coach About Michael O'Reilly

IABA Release Statement Contradicting Claim By Irish Coach About Michael O'Reilly

In an interview with Radio One on Sunday, John Conlan, coach to the Irish team and also Michael Conlan's father, claimed that the Irish team had not seen Michael O'Reilly two months prior to departing for Rio.

Last week, O'Reilly released a statement in which he admitted to unintentionally taking a supplement which led to him failing a drug test prior to the Games.

The Irish team flew out to Rio on July 19th. Conlan said that prior to that meeting at the airport, 'Michael O'Reilly hadn't been with us for eight weeks'.

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This is contradicted by a statement released today by the IABA. They say the Portlaoise fighter took part in a training camp in Azerbaijan in June. That ended four weeks prior to the Irish team heading to Brazil.

The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) can confirm that Michael O’Reilly was with the Irish Boxing Team in Baku, Azerbaijan from 2nd to 26th June partaking in both a pre-competition camp and the Olympic Qualification Competition.

On his return home from Azerbaijan Michael had a knuckle injury and also had the flu. He trained at his local club, Portlaoise Boxing Club during this period and joined up with the team when they departed for the pre-Olympic Rio Training camp on July 19th.

PJ Browne
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