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Canadian softball player suspended 18 months for doping violation

OTTAWA — Canadian softball player Mitch McKay has been handed an 18-month suspension by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport for an anti-doping violation.

The CCES announced Monday that an in-competition urine sample collected Aug. 2 tested positive for pseudoephedrine, a prohibited stimulant that can be found in common cold medication.

The CCES said McKay waived his right to a hearing and accepted the proposed sanction.

McKay accepted a voluntary provisional suspension on Sept. 7, so his ban ends March 6, 2025.

McKay, a 23-year-old from Tavistock, Ont., represented Canada at last year's Under-23 Softball World Cup in Argentina and was named to the tournament's All-World team at catcher.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 12, 2024.

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