Weightlifting Athlete Suspended for the Presence of SARM LGD-4033 and Tamoxifen

Ottawa – June 27, 2022 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Zeyad El-Karsh, a weightlifting athlete, received a three-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on April 9, 2022, revealed the presence of SARM LGD-4033 (a prohibited anabolic agent) and tamoxifen (a prohibited hormone and metabolic modulator).

On June 11, 2022, Mr. El-Karsh signed an Early Admission and Acceptance Agreement, thereby admitting to the violation and accepting the asserted period of ineligibility and all other consequences. As a result, the otherwise applicable four-year period of ineligibility was reduced by one year in accordance with Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) rule 10.8.1. Because the athlete served a period of the provisional suspension beginning May 13, 2022, the three-year sanction terminates on May 12, 2025.

During the sanction period, the athlete, who resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 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.

About the CCES

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