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Weightlifting Athlete Suspended for the Presence of Higenamine


Ottawa – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Laurie Francis, a weightlifting athlete, received a 12-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on September 16, 2022, revealed the presence of higenamine, a prohibited beta-2 agonist.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, the athlete signed an Agreement on Consequences thereby waiving her right to a hearing and accepting the proposed sanction and all other applicable consequences. As the athlete accepted a voluntary provisional suspension on February 12, 2023, the sanction will conclude on February 11, 2024.

During the sanction period, the athlete is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (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

The CCES works collaboratively to ensure Canadians have a positive sport experience. Through its programs, the CCES manages unethical issues in sport, protects the integrity of Canadian sport, and promotes True Sport to activate values-based sport on and off the field of play. The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization that is responsible for the administration of the CADP. Under the CADP rules, the CCES makes public every anti-doping rule violation. For more information, visit cces.ca, follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.

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