U SPORTS Football Athlete Suspended for Presence of Cannabis

(Ottawa, Ontario – January 7, 2019) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Lucas Merlin, a U SPORTS football athlete affiliated with the University of Waterloo, received a two-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on October 27, 2018, revealed the presence of cannabis.

The presence of cannabis, classified as a “specified substance” on the Prohibited List, is considered an adverse analytical finding when the urinary concentration exceeds 150 ng/mL. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), an athlete facing a first violation involving a “specified substance” can seek to have the sanction reduced. Based on CCES’s assessment of the athlete's degree of fault, the CCES proposed a two-month period of ineligibility.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Merlin waived his right to a hearing and accepted a sanction of two months ineligibility from sport, which terminated January 2, 2019. During that time, the athlete, who resides in Waterloo, ON, was 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, a copy of the CCES’s file outcome summary can be found at www.cces.ca/sanctionreg.

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 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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For further information, please contact:

Megan Cumming
Manager, Corporate Communications
+1 613-521-3340 x3233
mcumming@cces.ca