Sport Ireland and the GAA have announced that blood and urine testing will be intorduced to the 2016 Hurling and Football championships as part of Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping programme for 2016.
Ger Ryan, Chairman of the Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee (MSW) said today that it was inevitable that blood testing would become a part of GAA as it has become a huge part of all sports in Ireland.
“The GAA has worked closely with Sport Ireland on this and the programme that will be rolled out – while meeting with Sport Ireland’s requirements in this regard – has been designed taking careful consideration of the unique circumstances of our amateur players, their support personnel and our team and training structures,”
Ryan acknowledged the inconvenience this would add to testing players but insisted that the GAA could not allow themselves to be pleased with the standard of the the testing in the organisation in relation to a testing programme that will allow a level playing field for all GAA players.
“The GAA had formulated a new four year Anti-Doping Education Strategy for all levels of the Association to complement its existing initiatives, and that the main focus of this in 2016 would be on senior inter-county panels and support personnel.”