Aidan O’Mahony escapes suspension

23 Jan

Aidan O’Mahony will be reprimanded but will not serve any suspension after the anti-doping committee ruled that his use of the drug salbutamol was for medical purposes only and there was no effort on his part to enhance his performance.

In the first case of its kind for the GAA, the Kerry footballer failed a drugs test after the All Ireland Final in September 2008 between Kerry and Tyrone. He was found to have high levels of salbutamol which is used by asthmatics. O’Mahony’s asthmatic condition had previously been made known to both the GAA authorities and testers.

The Gaelic Players Association GPA have welcomed the fact that this matter has now been brought to a close and that the findings of the committee state clearly that use of the substance was not intended to enhance the player’s sporting performance or mask the use of a performance enhancing substance.

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