Athletics Ireland have confirmed that an Irish athlete Steven Colvert has been tested for a banned substance.
The Irish Examiner today exclusively revealed that Colvert “A” sample had tested positive for EPO.
Colvert has withdrawn from the Irish team for this weekend’s European team championships in Tallinn where he was due to compete at 100 and 200 meters.
David Hynes will replace Colvert in the 100 meters and Carlow teenager Marcus Lawlor will race the 200 meters at the weekend.
Colvert was also a member of the men’s 4 x 100 meter relay team and has been replaced by clubmate Adam McMullen.
The Athletics Ireland statement in part read:
“Athletics Ireland has been informed by the Irish Sports Council (ISC) that an Irish athlete has tested positive for a banned substance.”
“The athlete in question has been informed and has the opportunity to have a ‘B’ sample tested and to attend a hearing with the ISC to present the athlete’s case.
Athletics Ireland will not comment further until all elements of due process associated with the anti-doping programme in respect of the athlete are completed.