15th April 2019

U Sports Football Athlete Suspended for Presence of Higenamine

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Grant McDonald, a U SPORTS football athlete affiliated with the University of Calgary, received a 10-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on November 3, 2018, revealed the presence of higenamine, a prohibited beta-2 agonist.

Higenamine is classified as a “specified substance” on the Prohibited List. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), an athlete facing a first violation involving a “specified substance” will be given a proposed sanction based on the CCES’s assessment of the athlete’s degree of fault.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. McDonald admitted the violation in a timely fashion (in accordance with CADP rule 10.11.2), and a hearing was held to determine the sanction length. Arbitrator Patrice Brunet confirmed the violation and imposed a sanction of 10 months ineligibility from sport, ending September 2, 2019.

During the sanction period, the athlete, who resides in Calgary, AB, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates, except where permitted in accordance with CADP Rule 10.12.2. The full decision can be found at www.crdsc-sdrcc.ca.

• This media release was published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 15 April 2019. Click here for the original.

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