Press releases 15 June 2016

Canadians solidly behind strong anti-doping program

As the world waits to hear whether Russian track and field athletes will be eligible to compete in the upcoming Rio Olympics and Paralympics, Canada’s anti-doping agency has released data that indicate Canadians hold strong views when it comes to cheating in sport. According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), eight in 10 Canadian adults believe catching cheaters must be a number one priority in Canada. The same proportion believes Canada must continue to actively combat doping – even if other countries do not.

“These survey results reinforce the importance Canadians place on clean sport,” said Paul Melia, CCES President and CEO. “Canada has a robust and effective anti-doping program. It’s clear that this is more important than ever to Canadians, even at a time when some other countries are not as committed to ensuring that their athletes compete clean.”

On Friday, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is expected to announce whether it will lift its ban on international competition for all members of the Russian Athletics Federation. The CCES vigorously supports upholding the ban, and has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the IAAF to use this opportunity to demonstrate their resolve to rid sport of doping.

“The clean athletes of the world are watching,” Melia said. “The IAAF and IOC need to reassure them that all the necessary steps are being taken to make sure cheaters are caught and sanctioned in order to protect the integrity of international sport.”

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

• This media release was originally published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 15 June 2016. To view the original, please click here. The Sports Integrity Initiative has asked the CCES for a copy of the survey.

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