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Published: 09:13 | 4/5/16

Gavin in favour of more testing

Dublin manager Jim Gavin believes GAA players should be subjected to more drug-testing but he wants the process to be tweaked to ensure the timing of the test is correct.

Gavin was critical of the testing procedures in the wake of Dublin's Allianz Football League Division 1 final defeat of Kerry as two of his players were unable to watch the GAA’s Laochra show, a commemoration of the 1916 Rising, because they had been asked to provide samples for drug testers.

The Dublin boss is in favour of players being tested but he maintains they should not be taken away so soon after the final whistle.

"My issue at the time was the doping control officer should have wanted until the player came back in from that," Gavin is quoted as saying in the Irish Independent. "Because once he makes contact with the player, the player has to go to that doping control centre.

"I'm not going to let my players be in breach of the protocols. The point is that the doping control officer shouldn't approach the player until all that is over. And then let him enjoy his post-match dealing with defeat or victory or those special times when you can have a little time with players, where you can soak in that atmosphere.

"It's just about the right place at the right time. We fully endorse all that's been done by the National Sports Council. We don't want cheats in the game. We want the integrity of the game to be upheld."

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McNamara ends inter-county career

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Cork hurlers to lose home advantage

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