Wheelchair rugby athlete suspended six months for methylhexaneamine violation

(Ottawa, Ontario – July 26, 2011) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Rod Bitz, a wheelchair rugby athlete, has received a six-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The violation resulted from a urine sample collected during in-competition doping control in May 2011 which revealed the presence of methylhexaneamine, a prohibited stimulant.

Methylhexaneamine is classified as a “specified substance” on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, banned in competition. 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 a reprimand. Based on a fault analysis surrounding the athlete’s use of methylhexaneamine, the CCES proposed a sanction of a six-month period of ineligibility from sport.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Bitz waived his right to a hearing, acknowledged the anti-doping rule violation, and accepted a six-month sanction ending November 15, 2011. The athlete is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.

In Canada, methylhexaneamine is not an ingredient in medications licensed by Health Canada but can be found in supplements. “Athletes who choose to use supplements must be very careful about the source and purpose of their products,” said Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES. “Under anti-doping rules, athletes are strictly liable for any substance found in their doping control sample, regardless of how it got there.”

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport is an independent, national, not-for profit organization. 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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