U SPORTS Football Player Suspended for Presence of Drostanolone

(Ottawa, Ontario – October 23, 2017) – On May 4, 2017, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced an asserted anti-doping rule violation against Michael Stefanovic, a U SPORTS football athlete affiliated with the University of Regina. Today, the CCES announced that the violation was confirmed and Mr. Stefanovic received a sanction of four years. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on March 23, 2017, revealed the presence of drostanolone, a prohibited anabolic agent.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Stefanovic admitted the anti-doping rule violation and a hearing was held to determine the sanction length. Arbitrator Ross C. Dumoulin imposed a sanction of four years ineligibility from sport. Since Mr. Stefanovic admitted the violation in a timely fashion, his sanction will conclude on March 22, 2021. The athlete, who resides in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.

A copy of the full decision can be found at www.crdsc-sdrcc.ca

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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