Ottawa – August 2, 2023 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Ludwig Amla, a Canadian Premier League (CPL) soccer athlete affiliated with the Halifax Wanderers Football Club, received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during an in-competition sample collection session on September 10, 2022, revealed the presence of terbutaline, a prohibited beta-2 agonist.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, the athlete accepted the violation and requested a hearing to determine whether the proposed sanction period should be eliminated or reduced. Terbutaline is classified as a specified substance on the Prohibited List and based on an assessment of the athlete’s degree of fault, the CCES proposed a two-year period of ineligibility. On July 14*, 2023, Arbitrator Richard Pound, C.C., O.Q., K.C., F.C.A, confirmed the violation and imposed a two-year sanction, which terminates on February 7, 2025, because the athlete was deemed to have accepted a provisional suspension.**

During the sanction period, the athlete is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.

The full decision can be found at

*Date corrected from original publication. 
**Edited August 17, 2023.

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