Their absence came despite scheduled testing arrangements
The Irish Independent has reported that inter-county players from a number of counties missed scheduled visits from anti-doping officials over the last year.
They report that between June 2016 and May 2017, which would encompass much of the off-season and the entire National League campaign, anti-doping officials recorded seven failed attempts to test GAA players, including ones from Offaly.
During the same period, Carlow, Kilkenny, Westmeath and Antrim were also recorded within the unfulfilled testing attempts. In each case, the squads were not present for testing despite schedules being agreed months in advance.
The Independent have also reported that Sport Ireland has launched an investigation after urine samples from inter-county players went missing on two separate occasions while en route to a WADA-approved testing facility in Germany. One of these incidents allegedly involved three Westmeath hurlers whose samples never arrived in Cologne, while the other involved three Fermanagh footballers.
Sport Ireland has allegedly written to the GAA to inform them of an investigation into these incidents. The missing Westmeath samples were taken from the hurling squad on May 7, 2017, less than three weeks ahead of their Championship clash with Offaly, a game they subsequently lost by 4-15 to 1-20.
Only three GAA players have ever failed drugs tests.
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