Two unidentified players from September’s Mann Cup tested positive for cannabis after Games 2 and 4 of the tournament, reports Coquitlam Now, but those players will not face suspension. According to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, cannabis is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances and first-time offenders can face up to 2 years of ineligibility. But the players were able to meet 3 criteria: “How the illegal substance got into their system; the substance wasn’t used for performance enhancement; and they had independent third-party corroboration.” That’s how the players were able to obtain an official reprimand and avoid suspension. “In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, both athletes waived their right to a hearing, acknowledged their anti-doping rule violation and accepted the sanction proposed by the CCES,” said Doug MacQuarrie, chief operating office of the CCES. McQuarrie also told Coquitlam Now that the unnamed players still committed an anti-doping violation and a second infraction will result in a lifetime ban.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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