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Michael O'Reilly Will Appeal His Ban, But Isn't Getting The B Sample Tested

Michael O'Reilly Will Appeal His Ban, But Isn't Getting The B Sample Tested
By Conor O'Leary Updated

Irish boxer Michael O'Reilly was named as the Irish boxer who allegedly failed a pre-Olympics drugs test.

O'Reilly can have his B sample tested, but it has emerged that the Clonmel-born boxer will not make that request. That would suggest that he will be accepting his ban - but he is taking his case straight to an appeal.

Per Vincent Hogan, his possible grounds for an appeal could boil down to having inadvertently consumed a contaminated substance that had been tampered with, or consuming a banned substance through "no fault or negligence" on his part.

The appeal will be heard by the Irish Sports Anti-Doping disciplinary panel in Dublin. O'Reilly has until Friday before he is due to fight to hear a result, and perhaps this route will speed up the process compared to waiting for a B sample to be tested.

The boxer has been segregated from Team Ireland at the Olympic Village until this saga is over, but will face a battle to clear his name in time.

[Irish Independent]

See Also: Predicting How Ireland's Greatest Ever Boxing Team Will Fare In Rio: Can We Win Five Medals?

Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

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