Irish wrestler Peter Newti has been banned from competition for three months after testing positive for cannabis use.
Newti won the Irish Amateur Wrestling Association Irish Open senior men's 97kg category last November but a sample he provided following the event tested positive for carboxy-THC, a byproduct of cannabis use.
The 21-year-old, who has also had one MMA bout, admitted the violation but denied that the presence of the prohibited substance had any connection to sport performance and gave an explanation of the circumstances in which it was taken.
Sport Ireland were satisfied that Newti had "demonstrated that the context of the use was unrelated to sport performance".
Sport Ireland accepted that the rule violation fell under the 'No Significant Fault or Negligence' category of sanction, which ranges from 0-24 months, and decided that Newti's timely admission and the circumstances warranted a three-month suspension, which will be backdated to 16 December 2019.
Newti is retrospectively disqualified from the Irish Open and his gold medal is forfeit as a result.