CCAA Soccer Athlete Suspended for the Presence of D- and L-Amphetamine

(Ottawa, Ontario – May 11, 2017) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Matthew Pierre, a Canadian Collegiate Athlete Association (CCAA) soccer athlete from Douglas College, received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on November 10, 2016, revealed the presence of D- and L-amphetamine.

D- and L-amphetamine is classified as a “specified substance” on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), the period of ineligibility for a first violation for the presence of a “specified substance” is two years, unless an athlete can meet the conditions for eliminating or reducing the period of ineligibility.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Pierre admitted the anti-doping rule violation and a hearing was held to determine the sanction length. Arbitrator Patrice Brunet imposed a sanction of two years ineligibility from sport. Since Mr. Pierre admitted the violation in a timely fashion, his sanction will conclude on November 9, 2018. The athlete, who resides in Surrey, British Columbia, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.

A copy of the full decision can be found at  

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the CADP. Under the CADP rules, the CCES announces publicly every anti-doping rule violation. 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.


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