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Gryphons football player suspended for two years

Mackenzie Morrison of the University of Guelph football Gryphons has received a two-year suspension for an anti-doping rule violation.

The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on Sept. 24, revealed the presence of tamoxifen (an estrogen receptor modulator), said a news release.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCESS) announced the suspension on Thursday.

Morrison, a receiver from Acton, is in his second year of university and this past season was his first of OUA eligibility. He saw action in one Gryphons game.

Morrison has waived his right to a hearing, acknowledged the anti-doping rule violation, and accepted a two-year sanction ending Dec. 5, 2015, said the release.

He becomes ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates.

“We are disappointed by this situation,” said University of Guelph director of athletics Tom Kendall, in the release.

“We support the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and we will remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent this from happening again.”

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization that recognizes that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country, said the release.

They are committed to 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, it said.

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