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CCES Pre-Games and Fee-for-service Testing Push Numbers Up

August 15, 2007 (Ottawa, ON) — The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) conducted 901 doping control tests during the first three months of the fiscal year, the highest first-quarter total in CCES history. See the attached table for details by sport on tests conducted from April to June 2007 on Canadian athletes.

The majority of tests conducted were carried out under the domestic doping control program (696 tests). The CCES also provided testing services for the Association of National Anti- Doping Organizations (ANADO, 23 tests), and on behalf of national and international federations during events held in Canada (182 tests). Highlights of the fee-for-service testing include:

– Senior Pan Am Judo Championships, 42 tests
– World Women’s Hockey Championships, 22 tests
– Two ITU World Cup Triathlon events, 20 tests
– Fencing Grand Prix and World Cup, 17 tests
– World Cup of Boccia, 10 tests

There were five anti-doping rule violations reported during this three-month period. Three athletes in the sports of duathlon, boxing and athletics received two-year sanctions. Two additional athletes in the sports of boxing and IPC skiing received a warning and reprimand.

A focus during the quarter was pre-games testing and education for the Canadian team heading to the Pan American and Parapan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Of the 470 athletes who composed the final team, 198 athletes were tested in advanced, and 374 athletes completed their online anti-doping education. The CCES sent out an advisory note alerting athletes about the Rio organizing committee’s process for therapeutic use exemptions, so that athletes who require the use of a prohibited substance for medical reasons would not risk an inadvertent doping violation at the Games.

Over the quarter, the CCES continued to consult with the Canadian sport community about proposed changes to the World Anti-Doping Code and International Standard for Testing. These two documents are undergoing a redrafting with plans to release the new versions in November at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Madrid. Because they are the foundation of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program, which all Canadian sport organizations must adopt and which gives the CCES authority to administer doping control, it is vital that the sport community understand and comment on the upcoming changes. This process will continue for the CADP itself in early 2008.

A long-standing arbitration was resolved in CCES’s favour in June 2007. An application made in cooperation with Swimming Natation Canada and Coaches of Canada to have swimming coach Cecil Russell’s 2005 reinstatement set aside was successful. The decision was referred back to the arbitrator for reconsideration.

The CCES is an independent, national, non-profit organization. Our mission, to foster ethical sport for all Canadians, is carried out through research, promotion, education, detection and deterrence, as well as through programs and partnerships with other organizations.

April to June 2007 Domestic Doping Control Statistics
Sport IC OOC Total
– Alpine Skiing 0 8 8
– Archery 4 0 4
– Athletics 14 48 62
– Badminton 6 0 6
– Basketball 0 28 28
– Biathlon 0 4 4
– Bobsleigh 0 11 11
– Bowling 4 0 4
– Boxing 0 7 7
– Canoe / Kayak 28 23 51
– CIS – Swimming 0 1 1
– Cross Country Skiing 0 18 18
– Cycling 6 35 41
– Diving 4 4 8
– Field Hockey 0 19 19
– Freestyle Skiing 0 8 8
– Gymnastics – Artistic 7 8 15
– Gymnastics – Rhythmic 6 0 6
– Gymnastics —
– Trampoline 4 4 8
– Hockey 0 11 11
– Judo 18 11 29
– Luge 0 3 3
– Racquetball 4 0 4
– Ringette 8 0 8
– Roller

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