Softball Athlete Suspended for the Presence of Cocaine

Ottawa – December 7, 2022 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Devon McCullough, a softball athlete, received a three-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on August 31, 2022, revealed the presence of cocaine, a prohibited stimulant.

Cocaine is classified as a “substance of abuse” on the World Anti-Doping Agency 2022 Prohibited List. If an athlete can establish that a substance of abuse was used out of competition and was not related to sport performance, the period of ineligibility is three months. The CCES assessed the relevant facts and proposed a three-month period of ineligibility.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, the athlete waived his right to a hearing and accepted the proposed sanction and all other consequences. The sanction terminates on February 14, 2023.

During the sanction period, the athlete is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), 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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