Press releases 15th January 2016

Press Release Issued by Motorsport Ireland & Sport Ireland

Motorsport Ireland and Sport Ireland jointly announce that the Irish Sport Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel determined that driver Garreth Hayden has committed an anti-doping rule violation. Garreth Hayden has been sanctioned by a period of ineligibility of 15 months commencing on the 6th July 2015 – the date on which he was provisionally suspended by Motorsport Ireland.

In a doping control test immediately following his participation at the Irish Touring Car Championship in Mondello Park, he provided a sample which tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance, Benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine). Mr Hayden’s results from the 7th of June 2015 are also disqualified.

The hearing was held on under Article 8 (Disciplinary Process) of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and this announcement is made pursuant to Article 15 (Public Disclosure) of the Rules. The full Decision of the Disciplinary Panel is available at

• This media release was originally published on the Irish Sport Council’s internet site on 12 January 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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