Dáil Éireann - Volume 594 - 01 December, 2004
Written Answers. - Drugs in Sport.
Mr. S. Ryan Mr. S. Ryan
101. Mr. S. Ryan asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism his views on the controversy surrounding the positive drug tests on the horse, Waterford Crystal; if he is concerned about the implications of the case for Irish sport in general; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31421/04]
Mr. O’Donoghue Mr. O’Donoghue
 Mr. O’Donoghue: I learned with great disappointment of Waterford Crystal’s positive drug tests. The tests were carried out by the world governing body of equestrian sport, the FEI, which is responsible for the global anti-doping programme for horses involved in equestrian sports, including testing at international shows held in Ireland. This position is recognised and endorsed by the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Irish Sports Council recognises the role of the FEI in this regard and will accept its findings at the conclusion of the process. The results are a major setback for equestrian sport and sport in general in Ireland. I express my strong condemnation of the use of prohibited substances and methods in any form in sport.
Dáil Éireann 594 Written Answers. Drugs in Sport.