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Failed drugs test leaves O'Reilly on the verge of Olympics expulsion

By Vincent Hogan

Published 05/08/2016

With his Olympic hopes now hanging by a thread, Michael O'Reilly tweeted a remarkably defiant message from Rio last night.

The Portlaoise middleweight was named yesterday as the subject of an alleged doping violation that could see him becoming the first Irish athlete ever expelled from an Olympiad. Yet at roughly 7.20pm, more than three hours after the story broke, he tweeted "Box on the 12th in the last 16 against the winner of Mexico and Iraq....."

It was a bizarre gesture given the storm clouds brewing around him and suggested wretchedly poor crisis management within the Irish camp.

O'Reilly has the right to appeal and request the testing of his 'B' sample, a process that could be completed within 48 hours, but the number of contradictory samples found in these instances is known to be miniscule.

He is provisionally suspended from even training with team-mates in the Irish camp, will not be allowed to attend tonight's Opening Ceremony in the Maracana and, if found guilty, will be sent home from the Games in shame.

Neither the OCI nor AIBA named him in statements issued last night and neither body had any visible administrative presence at yesterday's draw.

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