Para Snowboard Athlete Suspended for the Presence of GW501516

(Ottawa, Ontario – June 1, 2020) – 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.

About the CCES
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 making sport better by 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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