Middleweight Michael O’Reilly has been suspended from competition until 2020 in an unprecedented ban for an Irish fighter.
The 24 year-old tested positive for methandienone just prior to the Rio Olympics in 2016 but has always maintained he unwittingly took the banned substance.
O’Reilly, the 2015 European champion and world bronze medallist is now facing an uncertain future after waiting over a year for a verdict on his rulebreaking.
By the time he can grace the ring again, O’Reilly will be 27 and would have to rebuild his reputation following one of Ireland’s most jaw-dropping lead-ups to boxing at the Olympics, coupled with their longest ever ban.
In a statement, the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel stated O’Reilly had failed to disprove his guilt on the matter and confirmed the ban runs until July 10, 2020.