Press releases 2nd October 2017

Athletics Athlete Suspended for the Presence of Cannabis

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Tacuma Anderson-Richards, an athletics athlete, received a sanction of two months for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on July 8, 2017, revealed the presence of cannabis.

The presence of cannabis, classified as a “specified substance” on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, is considered an adverse analytical finding when the urinary concentration exceeds 150 ng/ml. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), an athlete facing a first violation involving a “specified substance” can seek to have the sanction reduced to a reprimand. Based on CCES’ assessment of the athlete’s degree of fault, the CCES proposed a sanction period of two months ineligibility.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Anderson-Richards waived his right to a hearing, admitted the anti-doping rule violation in a timely fashion and accepted the proposed sanction of two months ineligibility from sport (which terminated on September 7, 2017). The athlete, who resides in Pickering, Ontario, was ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates, during the sanction period. In compliance with rule 7.10 of the CADP, a copy of the CCES’ reasoned decision can be found at www.cces.ca/sanctionreg.

• This media release was originally published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 2 October 2017. To access the original, please click here.

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