Soccer Athlete Suspended for Methylhexaneamine Violation

(Ottawa, Ontario – February 16, 2012) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that soccer athlete Jasdeep Toor has received a two-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample collected during in-competition doping control on October 10, 2011 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.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Toor exercised his right to a hearing. Arbitrator Sanderson concluded that Mr. Toor had committed an anti-doping rule violation and imposed a sanction of two months ineligibility from sport, terminating February 17, 2012, based on a reduced degree of fault. The arbitrator wrote:

“...Mr. Toor had been given no training in relation to the use of banned substances as an athlete. He was not provided with information regarding banned substances such as were encountered here. No one alerted or warned him of the risks of committing a doping infraction, neither his soccer coach, the team manager, members of the Provincial Association nor officials of the National Association.”

A copy of the full decision can be found at

Paul Melia, President and CEO of the CCES, stressed the risk of supplement use to athletes at any level. “It’s a complex issue: the CCES can never guarantee that any supplement is safe to take. We all need to work harder to get this message out to athletes that may face doping control at some point in their sport participation. However, athletes are ultimately responsible for whatever substances are in the products they consume.”

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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