Posted by Editoress on 11/23/19
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) has released its annual report for the 2018-2019 year. Although the CCES is best known for managing anti-doping programs in Canada, the organization is also involved in other areas, such as investigating and preventing harassment and abuse, match manipulation and gambling, and advocating for inclusive sport for trans athletes and athletes with differences of sex development.
This year, Cycling Canada and the CCES piloted an Anti-Doping Educator certification program. Select coaches and administrators were trained to deliver accurate and consistent values-based anti-doping education to Canadian cyclists.
Although Canada legalized recreational cannabis in Canada in October 2018, it remains prohibited in sport under the World Anti-Doping Code and the CADP. To respond to this change and to ensure athletes and athlete support personnel were well informed on the topic, the CCES developed a Cannabis in Sport Education Kit, increased in-person education and outreach, increased social media activity and created a dedicated Cannabis in Sport webpage.
During the 2018-2019 period, the Canadian Anti-Doping Program [CADP] administered a total of 5,344 doping control tests - 2,369 In-Competition tests and 2,975 Out-of-Competition tests. Cycling had a total of 349 tests - 92 In-competition (6 Para) and 257 Out-of-Competition (46 Para), by far the most of any sport and second only to the multi-sport University Sports program (498). There were 16 anti-doping violations - seven sanctions four or more years, one two year sanction and eight sanctions of less than two years. Cycling had one sanction - for eight years to Masters athlete Greg Doucette, for refusing to provide a test sample [see the decision Here].
The organization also recognized, for the first time, a number of Doping Control Officers with more than 20 years of service, including cycling officials Louise Lalonde and Josée Bedard.
The full report can be accessed Here.
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