This news report does not list the athlete or the event, but August 26, 2009 was the last day of the Laser Worlds in Nova Scotia. Sailing Athlete Commits Anti-Doping Rule Violation (Ottawa, Ontario – December 15, 2009) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that a sailing athlete has committed an anti-doping rule violation. The violation occurred during in-competition doping control on August 26, 2009. The athlete’s urine sample returned an adverse analytical finding for cannabis, a prohibited substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Cannabinoids are classified as “specified substances” on the Prohibited List. 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 the lowest possibility – a reprimand – by satisfying a three-part test. The athlete must establish how the substance entered his or her body, and must prove that it was not intended to be performance-enhancing nor to mask a performance-enhancing substance. Thirdly, corroborating evidence must be provided regarding the absence of the athlete’s intent to enhance sport performance. Subsequently, the CCES does a fault analysis to determine the nature of any ineligibility period. In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, the athlete in question waived the right to a hearing and acknowledged the commission of an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete satisfied the three-part test and the fault analysis was conducted. A sanction of a reprimand and no period of ineligibility has been determined. The athlete’s individual results were disqualified for competition. Furthermore, the athlete has been warned that a second violation over the next eight years will result in a significant sanction of up to four years ineligibility. Rule 7.15 of the CADP requires the CCES to publicly report the final decision on all anti-doping rule violations. In accordance with the CCES Policy on Public Disclosure of Anti-Doping Rule Violations, since this violation has resulted in a reprimand and no period of ineligibility, the CCES will not disclose the athlete’s name. The CCES is an independent, national, non-profit organization. Our mission, to foster ethical sport for all Canadians, is carried out through research, promotion, education, detection and deterrence, as well as through programs and partnerships with other organizations.