Press releases 7th June 2016

CCAA Athlete Suspended for the Presence of Cannabis

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Nicola Terbasket, a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) basketball player, received a sanction of two months for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on 19 March 2016 revealed the presence of cannabis.

The presence of cannabis, classified as a ‘specified substance’ on the 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 CCES’ assessment of the athlete’s degree of fault, the CCES proposed a two-month period of ineligibility.

As a result of Ms. Terbasket’s Timely Admission of the anti-doping rule violation, pursuant to CADP Rule 10.11.2, her sanction will conclude on June 11, 2016. The athlete, who resides in Nanaimo, British Columbia, 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’ reasoned decision can be found at

• This media release was originally published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 7 June 2016. To access the original, please click here.

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