Press releases 26th November 2019

Baseballer receives sanction

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Baseball Australia to sanction athlete Todd McDonald for the presence and use of a prohibited substance. Mr McDonald returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from an out-of-competition doping control test on 20 November 2018.

His sample was analysed at the Australian Sports Drug Testing Laboratory, part of the National Measurement Institute, which detected the presence of Higenamine. Baseball Australia imposed a two-year ban on Mr McDonald commencing on 2 October 2019.

Mr McDonald is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 2 October 2021. He is also not permitted to compete in a non-signatory professional league, or event organised by a non-signatory International or National level event organisation.

Additional information on the prohibited substance

Higenamine is a S3 class Beta-2 Agonist (these types of substances allow the lungs to take in more oxygen) and is prohibited in and out-of-competition. However, as a cardiotonic, Higenamine can increase heart rate, putting an athlete at an increased risk of arrhythmias and even death.

• This media release was published by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) on 26 November 2019. Click here for the original.

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