Press releases 1st June 2020

Para Snowboard Athlete Suspended for the Presence of GW501516

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Matt Hamilton, a para snowboard athlete, received a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on January 29, 2020, revealed the presence of GW501516, a prohibited hormone and metabolic modulator.

Because Mr. Hamilton failed to dispute the anti-doping rule violation within the timelines specified in the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), the violation and the sanction were confirmed by way of a deemed waiver. A sanction of four years was imposed, concluding on April 7, 2024. During the sanction period, the athlete, who resides in Vernon, BC, 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, the CCES’s file outcome summary can be found in the Canadian Sport Sanction Registry.

• This media release was published by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) on 1 June 2020. Click here for the original.

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