May 11, 2015
Young Gaelic football player tests positive for steroids
A Gaelic footballer is believed to have tested positive for steroids after a recent test.The young man from Co Monaghan is now receiving counselling and advice from the Gaelic Players’ Association (GPA), who say they are fully supporting the use of anti-doping tests. The young player is believed to be on the fringes of the senior squad but is not currently a member of the senior inter-county panel, according to a report on independent.ie. It is believed the test took place in February. Last week the Irish Sports Council announced plans to implement blood testing for GAA players next year as urine testing, in and out of competition, is the method used at the moment.
The GPA earlier released a statement in relation to the news, which read: “The GPA is currently advising a GAA player who has had an adverse finding as a result of an out-of-competition drug test in February of this year.“The player in question is a trial panellist and, whilst he is not a member of the GPA, the Association is nonetheless providing him with personal and professional support. “ As the process before the GAA Anti-Doping Hearings Committee is ongoing the GPA will be making no furter comment on the matter until the Hearings Committee has concluded its deliberations. The GPA is committed to supporting the Anti-Doping protocols.” http://www.sundayworld.com/news/young-gaa-player-tests-positive-for-steroids-after-drug-test