Press releases 6th November 2017

Powerlifting Athlete Suspended for Presence of Stimulants

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Niko Somos, a powerlifting athlete, received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on July 9, 2017, revealed the presence of oxilofrine and 1,3-dimethylbutylamine, prohibited stimulants.

Oxilofrine and 1,3-dimethylbutylamine are classified as “specified substances” on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List, banned in-competition. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), the period of ineligibility for a first violation for the presence of a “specified substance” is two years, unless an athlete can meet the conditions for eliminating or reducing the period of ineligibility.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Somos admitted the violation in a timely fashion (in accordance with CADP Rule 10.11.2), waived his right to a hearing and accepted a sanction of two years ineligibility from sport, terminating on July 8, 2019. The athlete, who resides in Edmonton, Alberta, 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’ 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 6 November 2017. To access the original, please click here.

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