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Sport Ireland Launch Investigation After Two GAA Drug Test Samples Go Missing

Mayo All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifier Round 3 17/7/2010 General view of a GAA ball Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie GAA Club Players Association

The GAA was already embroiled in controversy this summer due to anti-doping issues. Today, the Irish Independent have reported that there is an investigation being launched after two drug test samples went missing while in transit, en route to testing labs in Germany.

Sport Ireland use a courier to oversee the transport, and the samples were lost somewhere along the line.

These tests were from the Fermanagh football team and the Westmeath hurlers.

Siobhán Leonard, anti-doping manager with Sport Ireland, is taking the investigation seriously.

“I am aware that this is the second time urine samples have went missing. Sport Ireland does take this matter very seriously and a full investigation has been launched with [the named courier company].”

There is also the issue of teams not attending their scheduled training when representatives from Sport Ireland turned up to administer tests.

Each team must submit a training plan in advance, so that a tester may randomly show up. However, there were instances when teams from Carlow, Kilkenny, Westmeath, Antrim and Offaly were all absent.

The full report can be read on

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.