15th January 2018

CCAA Soccer Athlete Suspended for the Presence of Cannabis

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Vikram Puri, a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) soccer 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 October 28, 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 the 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. Puri admitted the violation in a timely fashion (in accordance with CADP Rule 10.11.2), waived his right to a hearing and accepted the proposed sanction of two months ineligibility from sport (which terminates on January 25, 2018). The athlete, who resides in Delta, British Columbia, is 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, the CCES’ file outcome summary can be found at www.cces.ca/sanctionreg.

• This media release was originally published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 15 January 2018. To access the original, please click here.

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