U SPORTS Football Athlete Suspended for Presence of D- and L-amphetamine

(Ottawa, Ontario – March 7, 2018) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Matthew McConnell, a U SPORTS football athlete affiliated with Saint Mary’s University, received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on November 4, 2017, revealed the presence of D- and L-amphetamine, a prohibited stimulant.

While Mr. McConnell admitted the violation in a timely fashion (in accordance with Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) Rule 10.11.2), he failed to participate in the results management process to determine the appropriate sanction. Because the athlete did not engage further in the results process following his admission, he was deemed to have waived his right to a hearing and to have accepted a two-year period of ineligibility which concludes on November 13, 2019. The athlete, who resides in Halifax, NS, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.

In compliance with rule 7.10 of the CADP, a copy of the CCES’ file outcome summary can be found at www.cces.ca/sanctionreg.

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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