Ottawa – February 14, 2022 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Darren Gagnon-Maltais, a powerlifting athlete, received a sanction of four years for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during an out-of-competition doping control on August 1, 2021, revealed the presence and use of SARM LGD-4033, a prohibited anabolic agent.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Gagnon-Maltais requested a hearing to determine the violation and whether the proposed sanction period should be eliminated or reduced. On January 24, 2022, Arbitrator Janie Soublière confirmed the violation and imposed a sanction of four years of ineligibility from sport. As the athlete accepted a voluntary provisional suspension on September 12, 2021, the sanction will conclude on September 11, 2025.

During the sanction period, the athlete, who resides in Donnacona, Quebec, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates.

The full decision can be found at

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