Irish fighter fails dope test ahead of Rio Games

An Irish Olympic boxer has tested positive for a banned substance and been provisionally suspended ahead of the Rio Games.

The boxer who tested positive was not named by the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA). (Representational Image)   -  Getty Images

An Irish Olympic boxer has tested positive for a banned substance and been provisionally suspended ahead of the Rio Games, the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) said on Thursday without naming the fighter.

The Olympic Council of Ireland said separately that the test had not been conducted in Rio.

“The athlete will now decide whether to accept a sanction for a doping violation, to request that a B-sample be tested, or to appeal the provisional suspension,” said the Olympic Council of Ireland.

The draw for the Olympic boxing was conducted on Thursday with all the Irish boxers included.