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Paul Kimmage Ridicules Idea That Thomas Connolly Will Be The Last GAA Positive Test

Paul Kimmage Ridicules Idea That Thomas Connolly Will Be The Last GAA Positive Test
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In his Sunday Independent column yesterday, Paul Kimmage said that the argument that GAA players should not be drug tested is now dead and buried.

Last week, Monaghan's Thomas Connolly was banned for two years for a doping violation. He is the first GAA player to receive such a ban.

Kimmage suggests it would be naive in the extreme to believe that Connolly was the first GAA player to take steroids and he gave very short shrift to the notion that he might be the last.

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Kimmage gave a detailed rundown of Connolly's incriminating actions and the defence he mustered before the anti-doping hearings committee.

Connolly was feeling stiff and was given a container of Anavar 10, not by a medical professional, but by a colleague at work. Kimmage wrote that simply googling Anavar 10 would have told Connolly that the words ''steroids', 'side-effects', 'anabolics' and 'illicit drug use' jump off the page'.

Kimmage mockingly used the GAA's rather pious rhetoric about itself at the close of the article.

On Wednesday, Connolly made headlines as the first GAA player - 'the purest form of sportspeople' - to be sanctioned for a doping offence. It would be naive to think he's the first to have used steroids. And he most certainly wont be the last.

Read the column here.

Read more: Aidan O'Shea Hits Out At Doping Ban Received By A GAA Player

 

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