Westmeath GAA questioned over failed drugs test

The Westmeath County Board has been forced to defend its senior hurling and football squads over the fact both squads missed drugs tests earlier in the year.

Drug testing was scheduled to take place last April at Columb Barracks with members of the Westmeath senior hurling squad where no one from the panel was present when the anti-doping officials arrived there.

A month later, a similar situation occurred at Cusack Park when it was the Westmeath footballers that were due to undergo the tests, but they were not there on the night in question.

The Westmeath County Board was fined over €1,000 for the incidents. At the start of every season, every county are to give Sport Ireland a schedule of when they will be training in hurling and football.

If that schedule changes, then it is up to the county board to inform Sport Ireland of the changes and Westmeath PRO Aidan Walsh revealed to the Westmeath Examiner that the breakdown in communication was the board’s fault.

Walsh has admitted that they should have communicated better with Sports Ireland and will make sure that this does not happening in the future

In total, there have been seven separate incidents involving county teams around the country over a 13 month period.