(Ottawa, Ontario – September 28, 2011) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that triathlete Leanna Lee has received an eight-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The violation occurred during in-competition doping control on August 21, 2011 and resulted from the athlete’s urine sample returning an adverse analytical finding for pseudoephedrine, a banned stimulant.
Pseudoephedrine is classified as a “specified substance” 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 pseudoephedrine, the CCES proposed a sanction of an eight-month period of ineligibility from sport.
In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Ms. Lee waived her right to a hearing, acknowledged the anti-doping rule violation, and accepted an eight-month sanction ending April 21, 2012. 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.