Resource to Support Athletes Navigate Possible Anti-Doping Rule Violations Now Available

April 8, 2021 - AthletesCAN, with the support of Sport Solution, is pleased to release the resource, I Tested Positive? How to Respond to a Possible Anti-Doping Rule Violation. The resource provides a straightforward guide for athletes should they have an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) asserted against them according to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP).

In recognition that athletes are subject to ongoing anti-doping regulations and testing, AthletesCAN adopted the first edition of this resource in 2011 to provide an independent guide to assist athletes navigate the anti-doping process following a possible ADRV. The focus of this resource, now in its third edition, is to assist athletes in preparing for and taking part in an anti-doping hearing. The resource contents are presented in approximate chronological order to reflect events within the anti-doping process, from notification of an ADRV to completion.  Throughout the resource, links and references are made to relevant portions of the CADP, the Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code, and other relevant reference documents. The guide includes three appendices which provide definition of terms and links to other resources that may be of assistance to athletes who are navigating the anti-doping process.     

The resource has been revised to correspond to the 2021 CADP and 2021 Canadian Sport Dispute Resolution Code, in collaboration with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC), respectively.

“AthleteCAN’s updated “I Tested Positive Guide” is a valuable tool for athletes who are facing a potential anti-doping rule violation. The guide helps them navigate the rules of the current Canadian Anti-Doping Program, and provides practical information on the results management process, including athlete rights and responsibilities,” said Paul Melia, CCES president and CEO. “We would like to congratulate AthletesCAN for their ongoing commitment to maintaining this tool for the sport community.”

“Anti-doping rules are becoming increasingly complex”, said Marie-Claude Asselin, Chief Executive Officer of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. “Athletes who face doping allegations have the right to a fair process, beginning with the capacity to make informed decisions. Therefore, the SDRCC was pleased to contribute to the revision of this important resource to guide them in the initial steps.”

AthletesCAN would like to thank Sport Solution Program Managers, Brittany Bates, Greg Cherniak, and Tyler Matthews, for their significant contributions in the revision process. AthletesCAN would also like to acknowledge the important collaboration with CCES and SDRCC, who generously advised on respective sections of the revised resource.




About AthletesCAN

AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s national team athletes, is the only fully independent and most inclusive athlete organization in the country and the first organization of its kind in the world.  As the voice of Canadian national team athletes, AthletesCAN ensures an athlete centered sport system by developing athlete leaders who influence sport policy and, as role models, inspire a strong sport culture.

For more information please contact:
Georgina Truman
Manager, Athlete Relations & Operations
[email protected]

About Sport Solution
Sport Solution is a program of AthletesCAN, the association of Canada’s National Team Athletes, in conjunction with Western Law School. Sport Solution is committed to supporting an athlete-centred sport system and strives to achieve this objective by counselling and advocating on behalf of Canada’s high-performance athletes, so their voices are properly represented when resolving the sport related issues that affect them. Solution is the only program of its kind in North America and is available to all members of AthletesCAN.  

For more information please contact: 
Sport Solution
[email protected]

About the CCES
The CCES is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. We are committed to making sport better by 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. 

For further information, please contact:
Megan Cumming
Corporate Communications Manager
+1 613-521-3340 x3233
[email protected]

The SDRCC is a not-for-profit corporation created by federal legislation and funded by the Government of Canada. The mission of the SDRCC is to provide the sport community with a national alternative dispute resolution service and strengthen the culture of fairness in Canadian sport by resolving disputes quickly and efficiently and to provide expertise and assistance regarding alternative dispute resolution. 

For more information, please contact: 
Marie-Claude Asselin 
Chief Executive Officer 
Tel: 1-866-733-7767 
Mobile: (514) 465-7339 
[email protected]

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