GAA players will face anti-doping blood tests for the first time in 2016 after it was confirmed by the GAA's Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee they GAA would roll out testing in line with the standards of Sport Ireland.
The chairman of the committee, Ger Ryan, commented that "the GAA has worked closely with Sport Ireland on this and the programme that will be rolled out – while meeting with Sport Ireland’s requirements in this regard - has been designed taking careful consideration of the unique circumstances of our amateur players, their support personnel and our team and training structures".
The plan next year will target inter-county panels, and Ryan said that the introduction of blood tests to Gaelic Games was "inevitable"
95 players were tested by the GAA in anti-doping programmes in 2015 and in June, Monaghan's Thomas Connolly was given a two year ban having tested positive for anabolic steroids.
Via: RTE Sport