Press releases 20th April 2017

U Sports Football Athlete Suspended for Presence of Cocaine

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Frédéric Vézina-Lavergne, a U Sports football athlete from Concordia University, received a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on October 1, 2016, revealed the presence of cocaine (a prohibited substance classified as a non-specified stimulant on the 2017 Prohibited List).

In accordance with the 2015 Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), if an athlete fails to dispute the anti-doping rule violation within the timelines specified in the CADP, the violation and the sanction are confirmed by way of a Deemed Waiver. Since Mr. Vézina-Lavergne failed to dispute the violation within the required timelines, the violation was confirmed and a sanction was imposed on March 29, 2017.

The athlete, who resides in St-Lambert, Quebec, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates, until March 29, 2021. In compliance with rule 7.10 of the CADP, a copy of the CCES’ file summary can be found at

• This media release was originally published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 20 April 2017. To access the original, please click here.

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