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PDC darts player banned for two years

Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) darts player, Kevin McDine, has been suspended from all sport for a period of two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Mr McDine tested positive for the presence of the prohibited substance benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine), following an In-Competition test on 27 November 2017, during a World Championship PDPA Qualifier event in Milton Keynes.

The Darts Regulatory Authority (DRA) contracted UKAD to carry out testing at the event, as UKAD conducts only contracted testing for darts.

Mr McDine was charged with an ADRV pursuant to Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”.

UKAD’s Director of Operations, Pat Myhill, said: “All athletes must adhere to the principle of strict liability, and should be aware that a violation will occur whether they have intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance.”

The period of ineligibility shall apply from the date of sample collection (27 November 2017) until midnight on 26 November 2019.

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