CCES confirms anti-doping violation for Canadian DB Malcolm Lee, but he can sign CFL contract in March

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport has confirmed that Malcom Lee, a former USports athlete for the University of British Columbia, received a sanction of four years for an anti-doping rule violation.

The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on March 22, 2019, revealed the presence of SARM LGD-4033, a prohibited anabolic agent.

On April 26, 2019, the CCES announced an asserted anti-doping rule violation against Mr. Lee in advance of the Canadian Football League’s draft, as is permitted by Rule 14.3.1 of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

In response to the CCES’s notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Lee admitted the violation in a timely fashion (in accordance with CADP Rule 10.11.2). Following an agreed schedule of proceedings between both the CCES and athlete, a hearing was held on October 22 and December 16, 2019 to determine the sanction length.

Arbitrator Simon Margolis confirmed the violation and imposed a sanction of four years ineligibility from sport, terminating March 21, 2023. During the sanction period, the athlete, who resides in Surrey, BC, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the CADP, including training with teammates. The full decision can be found at

The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the CADP. Under the CADP rules, the CCES announces publicly every anti-doping rule violation.

The Calgary Stampeders selected Lee in the fifth round of the 2019 CFL draft knowing he had to serve a one-year suspension following his positive test. He played for the San Diego Strike Force of the Indoor Football League during his year out of USports and the three-down pro league. Lee would be eligible to sign a CFL contract on March 22.

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