Boxer Michael O'Reilly was not absent from the Irish training camp for eight weeks before heading to Rio, but the middleweight instead had three weeks with his club in Portlaoise after coming home from the Olympic qualification competition in Baku with a knuckle injury and flu.

That's according to a statement this evening from the Irish Athletic Boxing Association, who sought to clarify comments made yesterday by Team Ireland coach John Conlan.

In an interview with RTÉ Radio 1 on Sunday, Conlan said: "Michael O’Reilly hadn't been with us for eight weeks. We met him at the airport."

Those extraordinary claims, allied to O'Reilly's positive drug test, led to calls seeking clarification from the IABA. 

RTÉ analyst Mick Dowling was the latest to ask the IABA to unmuddy the waters and they responded with a statement this evening, clarifying O'Reilly's whereabouts from the pre-competition camp in Baku in June to the pre-Rio camp last month.

"The Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA) can confirm that Michael O'Reilly was with the Irish boxing team in Baku, Azerbaijan from 2 to 26 June, partaking in both a pre-competition camp and the Olympic qualification competition.

"On his return home from Azerbaijan Michael had a knuckle injury and also had the flu. He trained at his local club, Portlaoise Boxing Club during this period and joined up with the team when they departed for the pre-Olympic Rio training camp on 19 July."