Olympics 2016

Michael O'Reilly launches official appeal against failed drugs test

Olympics 2016By Sean McGoldrick
Michael O'Reilly
Michael O'Reilly

Olympic boxer Michael O'Reilly has formally lodged an appeal after testing positive for a banned substance in a drugs test which took place in Ireland.

However, it is believed that the verdict in the case may not be announced for a number of days and it is not known when the actual hearing, which will be probably be conducted via conference call, will be held.

The World championship bronze medallist was due to make his Olympic debut on Friday next.

His chances of overturning a probable two years ban remain remote but he has nothing to lose by lodging the appeal and fighting the case.

Irish boxing team manager, Joe Hennigan, confirmed today that O'Reilly was still in the Olympic village but he is no longer staying in the same apartment as the other team members.

Hennigan refused to make any comment on O'Reilly's failed test.

His appeal will be heard by a three-member panel drawn from Irish Sport Anti-Doping disciplinary panel.

The appeal is likely to be conducted via a conference call as O'Reilly is in Rio while the panel hearing the case will be in Dublin.

The boxer's representatives are likely to argue on that he either inadvertently took the banned substance or that the substance he ingested was contaminated.