Confirmation Tuesday night that Athletics Ireland and the Irish Sports Council have banned Mullingar Harriers and Ireland’s marathon runner Martin Fagan for two years following a disciplinary hearing in Dublin .
As we reported at the weekend, the athlete had been tested ‘out of competition’ in Tucson, Arizona early last month.
The Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel passed down their judgement , backdating the ban to December 10th, the date the sample was taken, on account of his “prompt admission of the violation”.
Though he is entitled to appeal the decision (if lodged within 14 days) it seems most unlikely that he will do considering his admission of guilt.
Tuesday’s joint statement from Athletics Ireland and the Irish Sports Council read: “”The Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel has determined that Martin Fagan, an athlete affiliated to Athletics Ireland, has committed an anti-doping rule violation.
“The Panel found that, contrary to Article 2.1 of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules, Mr Fagan, tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance or its metabolite or marker, recombinant erythropoietin, in a sample of his urine collected on behalf of the Irish Sports Council during out of competition testing at Tucson, Arizona on the 10th December 2011.
“Mr Fagan has been sanctioned, subject to his right to appeal within 14 days, by the imposition on him of a period of ineligibility for two years.
“The Panel has decided that because of the prompt admission of the violation by Mr Fagan the appropriate commencement date for the period of ineligibility is 10th December 2011, the date on which the sample was collected.”
Fagan , who had represented Ireland in Beijing four years ago, had been hoping to gain a qualifying time for the London 2012 Olympics, at last weekend’s Houston Marathon.