Are some of the banned drugs a bit trivial? This Irish swimmer tested positive for an unnamed OTC drug, however received just a reprimand rather than a suspension. (Independent ie)
AFTER narrowly failing to make Irish swimming history by just .19 of a second, Down breaststroker Andrew Bree revealed yesterday that he never believed his failed drugs test would stop him from realising his Olympic dream.
"I knew at the end of the day I wouldn't get in trouble for a Vicks inhaler the size of my small finger, there's a lot worse cases of drugs than that," said the 27-year-old from Helen's Bay, Co Down who broke his Irish 200m breaststroke record for the second day in-a-row yesterday, but still couldn't become Ireland's first male swimmer to make an Olympic final.
Bree was dragged through the anti-doping disciplinary process earlier this year when he failed a drugs test for a substance taken in an over-the-counter medicine.
Fortunately, he escaped with just a warning and somehow held his form through all the drama, lowering his Irish record for the second consecutive day to a new mark of 2:10.16.
The story doesn't reveal for which drug Bree tested positive; it was likely an over-the-counter cold medicine. Is the testing getting obsessive about some of these drugs?