Softball Athlete Suspended for the Presence of Four Prohibited Substances

(Ottawa, Ontario – October 6, 2015) – 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  

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the CADP. Under the CADP rules, the CCES announces publicly every anti-doping rule violation. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.


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