Powerlifting Athlete Suspended for the Presence of GW501516

Ottawa – May 16, 2022 – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that David Pointing, a powerlifting athlete, received a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on February 12, 2022, revealed the presence of GW501516, a prohibited hormone and metabolic modulator.

Because Mr. Pointing failed to dispute the anti-doping rule violation within the timelines specified in the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), the violation, sanction, and all proposed consequences were confirmed by way of a deemed waiver. A sanction of four years was imposed, which terminates on April 3, 2026.

During the sanction period, the athlete, who resides in Okotoks, Alberta, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates.

In compliance with rule 8.4 of the CADP, the CCES’s file outcome summary can be found in the Canadian Sport Sanction Registry.

About the CCES
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport works collaboratively to ensure Canadians have a positive sport experience. Through its programs, the CCES manages unethical issues in sport, protects the integrity of Canadian sport, and promotes True Sport to activate values-based sport on and off the field of play. The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization that is responsible for the administration of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP). Under the CADP rules, the CCES makes public every anti-doping rule violation. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada. For more information, visit cces.ca, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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