Pat Hickey: If Michael O'Reilly's appeal proves successful, "he competes"

OCI President discusses the next steps

Pat Hickey

Pat Hickey, President of the OCI ©INPHO/James Crombie

Pat Hickey of the Irish Olympic Council says that a clean B Sample will allow boxer Michael O'Reilly to compete at the Rio games if he decides to pursue that avenue.

The OCI President says they are waiting to hear what O'Reilly wants to do after the middleweight boxer consults with his legal advisors.

The Portlaoise boxer has been provisionally suspended by the Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) after his A Sample allegedly tested positive for a banned substance. 

"What will happen now is that he’ll either have the hearing or he’ll open the B sample and then...if his appeal is successful, he competes. If it’s not, he cannot compete," Hickey told RTE Sport.

"If he opens the B sample and it’s the same as the A sample, he cannot compete, and under Olympic rules and WADA rules he will have to leave the Olympic Village if he’s not successful."