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December 6/08 10:04 am - CCES Doping Control Statistics for July-September 2008

Posted by Editoress on 12/6/08

Doping Control Statistics for July-September 2008

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) reported a strong second quarter result in its detection and deterrence work, conducting 851 doping controls over the July-September 2008 quarter. Of these, 721 tests were on Canadian athletes under the Sport Canada-funded domestic program, with 57% collected out of competition. The remaining 130 tests were collected on a fee-for-service basis.

Cycling was third among tested sports, with 60 tests - 43 In Competition (IC) and 17 Out of Competition (OOC). Cycling was behind Athletics (135 tests) and Canoe/Kayak (61). It should be noted that 15 of the Canoe/Kayak tests were collected on behalf of the International Canoe Federation, so Cycling was actually the second most tested sport in the domestic Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

Five anti-doping rule violations resulted from these tests, including four cannabis cases which resulted in a warning and reprimand in the sports of CIS football, water polo (2), and wheelchair rugby. The fifth violation, for a hormone modulator called tamoxifen, entailed a two-year sanction for a CIS football athlete. Two other Canadian athletes were sanctioned by the International Rugby Board during this quarter.

To help Team Canada prepare for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, the CCES provided pre-games testing and education. Ninety-two percent of the 333-member Olympic team and 95% of the 150-member Paralympic team underwent doping control. Zero violations occurred.

Another focus this quarter was the revision of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), Canada's rules that govern doping control in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code. The Canadian sport community's comments on the first draft were collected by June 27, and incorporated into a second draft released August 15. The final version of the new 2009 CADP was released October 15, and will come into effect on January 1, 2009 (


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