Former CIS football athlete suspended for possession and trafficking of steroids


October 3, 2014 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Nathan Zettler, a former Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football player from the University of Waterloo, received a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation.

The violation was a result of Mr. Zettler’s criminal conviction on three counts of possession and possession for the purpose of trafficking in anabolic steroids. Mr. Zettler’s legal proceedings began in 2010 and finally concluded in 2013, at which time the CCES asserted the anti-doping rule violation.

In response to the CCES’ assertion, Mr. Zettler exercised his right to a hearing. On September 8, 2014, Arbitrator Barbara Cornish imposed a sanction of four years ineligibility from sport, terminating September 8, 2018. The athlete, who resides in Waterloo, Ontario, 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

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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