Waterloo football player 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.


source: cces.ca

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