Press releases 7th October 2015

Softball Athlete Suspended for Four Prohibited Substances

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Brian Banner, a softball athlete, received a sanction of four years for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on April 26, 2015, revealed the presence of oxandrolone, methandienone, drostanolone and dehydrochlormethyltestosterone – all anabolic agents.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Banner admitted the anti-doping rule violation and a hearing was held to determine the sanction length. Arbitrator Jane H. Devlin imposed a sanction of four years ineligibility from sport, terminating April 26, 2019. The athlete, who resides in Sooke, British Columbia, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates. A copy of the full decision can be found at

• This media release was originally published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 6 October 2015. To access the original, please click here.

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