Press releases 20th April 2020

Bobsleigh Athlete Suspended Eight Years for Second Anti-Doping Rule Violation

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Derek Plug, a bobsleigh athlete, received an eight-year sanction for a second anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on January 9, 2018, revealed the presence of methyltestosterone, a prohibited anabolic agent.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Plug requested a hearing to determine the appropriate sanction for his admitted anti-doping rule violation. On August 2, 2019, Arbitrator Yves Fortier imposed a sanction of eight years ineligibility from sport.

Following receipt of the Arbitrator’s decision, Mr. Plug attempted to file an appeal of the hearing decision. Ultimately, that appeal did not proceed based on a ruling of Arbitrator Matthew Wilson.

Since Mr. Plug accepted a voluntary provisional suspension on February 8, 2018, his sanction will conclude February 7, 2026. During the sanction period, Mr. Plug, who resides in Calgary, Alberta, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates. The full hearing decision as well as the decision related to Mr. Plug’s attempted appeal can be found at www.crdsc-sdrcc.ca. [Editor’s note: A third decision regarding his appeal is available here].

• This media release was published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 20 April 2020. Click here for the original.

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