Because Mr. Picard promptly admitted the violation and agreed to waive his right to a hearing, he was entitled to request a sanction reduction pursuant to Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) Rule 10.6.3. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the CCES jointly agreed to a reduced sanction of three years and nine months ineligibility, ending April 14, 2019. The athlete, who resides in Laval, Quebec, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.
In compliance with rule 7.10 of the CADP, a copy of the CCES’ reasoned decision can be found here.
The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the CADP. Under the CADP rules, the CCES announces publicly every anti-doping rule violation. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We 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.