Ottawa – June 11, 2024 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Joao Morelli, a soccer athlete, received an 18-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected out-of-competition on August 6, 2023, revealed the presence of clomiphene metabolites, a prohibited hormone and metabolic modulator.

The athlete failed to dispute the anti-doping rule violation within the timelines specified in the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), therefore the violation and the sanction were confirmed by way of a deemed waiver. A sanction of 18 months was imposed, which ends on November 7, 2025

During the sanction period, the athlete is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP or the World Anti-Doping Code, including training with teammates.

In compliance with rule 8.4 of the CADP, the CCES’s file outcome summary can be found in the Canadian Sport Sanction Registry.

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