Media Relations Policy

CCES has a media relations policy that governs all media-related activities. As such, media relations activities are conducted in the spirit of mutual respect and as part of a partnership that CCES has established with the news media. The media relations program at CCES is anchored in the following principles:

  • To respond promptly to media inquiries and coordinate media interviews in a fair and equitable manner;
  • To conduct media relations activities in the spirit of transparency and accountability;
  • To respect the rights of Canadian athletes in media relations activities; and
  • To ensure that the policy on public disclosure of anti-doping rule violations is respected and implemented.

The Canadian Anti-Doping Program rule 7.22, Confidentiality and Transparency states:

Once the CCES has completed a review described in Rules 7.63, 7.64, 7.65, and/or 7.70, and provided all the required notices, the CCES may publicly report the identity of any Athletes whose Samples have resulted in Adverse Analytical Findings, or Athletes or other Persons who were asserted by it to have violated other anti-doping rules. Neither CCES nor a Sport Organization may publicly report the identity of an Athlete or other Person against whom the CCES may assert an anti-doping rule violation until the assertion against the Athlete or other Person is formally made.

Within twenty (20) days after it has been determined on a hearing or on an appeal whether an anti-doping rule violation has occurred, or such hearing or appeal has been waived, or the assertion of an anti-doping rule violation has not been timely challenged, the CCES shall publicly report the disposition of the anti-doping matter.

In cases where there is no period of ineligibility imposed or accepted, and where the CCES has not previously disclosed the identity of the Athlete or other Person, the CCES will not name the Athlete or other Person in the CCES public report of the disposition of the anti-doping matter.

In any case where it is determined after a hearing or an appeal that the Athlete or other Person did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the full written decision may be disclosed publicly only with the consent of the Athlete or other Person. In the event the consent to disclose the full written decision is not received, the written decision shall be made public but in a redacted form to entirely hide the identity of the Athlete or other Person involved.