Irish sport yields just two positive doping tests in 2005

Irish sport has been given a clean bill of health by our anti-doping tests.

Irish sport has been given a clean bill of health by our anti-doping tests.

The annual report of the Sports Council's anti-doping council shows just two positive tests during 2005.

They were in squash and rugby, and both involved the use of cannabis.

According to Dr Brendan Buckley, the Chairperson of the Anti-Doping Committee, our athletes are tested more often than in most other countries.

He said "We test at the same rate as New Zealand and we are way ahead of most other countries in the world as regards the number of tests we do in proportion to the number of athletes."

"For example, the UK with a population of 60 million do 6,500 tests a year. We have a population of four million and do 1,000 tests."

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