U SPORTS Football Athlete Suspended for Presence of Higenamine

(Ottawa, Ontario – April 15, 2019) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Grant McDonald, a U SPORTS football athlete affiliated with the University of Calgary, received a 10-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on November 3, 2018, revealed the presence of higenamine, a prohibited beta-2 agonist.

Higenamine is classified as a “specified substance” on the Prohibited List. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), an athlete facing a first violation involving a “specified substance” will be given a proposed sanction based on the CCES’s assessment of the athlete's degree of fault.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. McDonald admitted the violation in a timely fashion (in accordance with CADP rule 10.11.2), and a hearing was held to determine the sanction length. Arbitrator Patrice Brunet confirmed the violation and imposed a sanction of 10 months ineligibility from sport, ending September 2, 2019. During the sanction period, the athlete, who resides in Calgary, AB, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates, except where permitted in accordance with CADP Rule 10.12.2.

The full decision can be found at www.crdsc-sdrcc.ca.

About the CCES
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 making sport better by 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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