Kevin McDine handed darts ban after failing drugs test

Jamie Shaw in Off The Oche 4 Sep 2018
McDine departs the stage (credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive/PA Images)

Kevin McDine has been banned from professional darts for a period of two years after testing positive for cocaine.

McDine, 33, tested positive for the banned substance benzoylecgonine (a metabolite of cocaine), following a test during the PDPA Qualifier for the World Championship in Milton Keynes last November.

UK Anti-Doping said in its judgement that McDine admitted he had used cocaine "nasally" two nights before the tournament and had also consumed a "significant amount of alcohol". 

McDine, who has not featured in a PDC event since last November, has consequently been banned from darts until November 26, 2019.

McDine's breakthrough came at the 2007 Grand Slam - where he reached the Semi-Finals as a qualifier.

The Wallsend thrower was a quarter-finalist at the 2008 World Matchplay but has enjoyed minimal success since, with his best run at the World Championship coming in 2010 - where he reached the Last 16.

In January 2016, McDine gave up his PDC Tour Card and announced he would be competing in the BDO. He made his BDO debut in the Dutch Open and reached the Last Four, losing 2-1 in sets to Martin Adams.

He did, however, return to the Challenge Tour in 2017 and claimed the title at event 14 last June, following up a Semi-Final run in April.

It is understood he is not likely to appeal his ban.


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