The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport has placed its doping control testing program on hold until further notice.
CCES is the group who oversee the Canadian Football League and U Sports football among other sports in Canada.
The decision was made in response to updated government directives intended to minimize the risk of exposure and spread of COVID-19 and the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Most other countries around the world are also adjusting their anti-doping programs in accordance with their national responses to deal with COVID-19. The World Anti-Doping Agency is actively monitoring these adjustments. The CCES will continue to update WADA on the adjustments they are taking in Canada.
Athletes continue to be subject to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program during this time. Based on guidance from WADA, all Registered Testing Pool athletes are required to file and maintain their whereabouts information in ADAMS. Should this requirement change, the CCES will advise RTP athletes accordingly.
Athlete services and education support are available to help athletes and support personnel navigating medication inquiries, medical exemptions, whereabouts filings and online learning requirements.
The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. The CCES acknowledges funding, in part, from the Government of Canada.
CCES is committed to making sport better by 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.