Weightlifting athlete, François Valiquette, suspended for the presence of methandienone

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December 18, 2014 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that François Valiquette, a weightlifting athlete, received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on June 15, 2014, revealed the presence of methandienone, a prohibited anabolic agent.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Valiquette admitted the anti-doping rule violation and a hearing was held to determine the sanction length. Arbitrator Ross Dumoulin imposed a sanction of two years ineligibility from sport, terminating June 15, 2016. The athlete, who resides in Lachute, Quebec, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates.

A copy of the full decision can be found at www.crdsc-sdrcc.ca.

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the CADP. Under the CADP rules, the CCES announces publicly every anti-doping rule violation. 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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