Shooting Athlete Suspended for the Presence of Cannabis

Ottawa – November 2, 2023 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that David Mylnikov, a shooting athlete, received a three-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during an in-competition sample collection session on June 9, 2023, revealed the presence of cannabis, a prohibited cannabinoid.

The presence of cannabis, classified as both a specified substance and a substance of abuse on the World Anti-Doping Agency 2023 Prohibited List, is considered an adverse analytical finding when the urinary concentration exceeds 150 ng/mL. The CCES assessed the relevant provisions of Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) Rule and proposed a three-month period of ineligibility for this violation, as the CCES was satisfied that the cannabis was used out of competition and unrelated to sport.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, the athlete waived their right to a hearing and accepted the proposed sanction and all other consequences. The sanction terminates on January 10, 2024.  

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

In compliance with rule 8.4 of the CADP, the CCES’s file outcome summary can be found in the Canadian Sport Sanction Registry.

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