CIS football athlete suspended for cannabis violation

Ottawa – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Kofi Kuma-Mintah has received a two-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on October 13, 2012, revealed the presence of cannabis.

Mr. Kuma-Mintah is a Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football athlete from the University of British Columbia. He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cannabinoids are classified as “specific substances” on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, banned in-competition. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), an athlete facing a first violation involving a “specified substance” can seek a sanction reduction from two years of ineligibility down to a reprimand. Based on a fault analysis surrounding the athlete’s use of cannabis, the CCES proposed a sanction of a two-month period of ineligibility from sport.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Kuma-Mintah waived his right to a hearing, acknowledged the anti-doping rule violation, and accepted a two-month sanction ending on February 12, 2013. The athlete is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is an independent, national, not-for profit organization. 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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