Weightlifting athlete reinstated from lifetime ban

(Ottawa, Ontario – July 20, 2010) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Eric Chevrier, a weightlifting athlete, was reinstated from a lifetime ban from sport and is now eligible to train and compete as an athlete.

Mr. Chevrier was sanctioned for an anti-doping rule violation in 1993, then committed a second violation in 1998, for which a lifetime ban was imposed under the 1994 Standard Operating Procedures. The lifetime ban was upheld during an appeal in 1999. When Mr. Chevrier applied to the CCES in 2008 for a reinstatement hearing, the relevant anti-doping rules permitted a category II reinstatement application to be conducted pursuant to the 1994 Standard Operating Procedures.

In her decision, Arbitrator Paule Gauthier found that Mr. Chevrier was remorseful and had been rehabilitated. Mr. Chevrier admitted that his actions had damaged his sport, and regretted that his suspension may have discouraged young athletes from becoming weightlifters. He encouraged athletes to avoid drugs and to consult with the CCES when they need further clarification.

Arbitrator Gauthier held that Mr. Chevrier’s involvement in sport should be restricted to training and competing as an athlete, and was clear in her decision that all coaching activities should remain prohibited.

The CCES is an independent, national, non-profit organization. Our mission, to foster ethical sport for all Canadians, is carried out through research, promotion, education, detection and deterrence, as well as through programs and partnerships with other organizations.

 

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For further information, please contact:
Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
+1 613-521-3340 x3233
mcumming@cces.ca