Government of Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian
Paralympic Committee team up to maintain fairness in sport
OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, in response to Canadian athletes'
demands for a clean sport environment, the Government of Canada, the
Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee
(CPC) announced their contribution of almost $1 million to the Canadian
Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES).
The CCES administers the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), and as
part of the announcement, the CCES outlined their new plan and launched
a new and anonymous Report Doping Hotline (1-800-710-CCES). The
announcement was made at a news conference in the presence of athletes
and representatives from national sports organizations.
"Today's news will allow us to increase our focus on intelligence
gathering and investigations to stay ahead of sophisticated doping
strategies, as well as expand the Whereabouts and Athlete Biological
Passport Programs," said Paul Melia, CEO and President of the CCES. "With increased intelligence we can
test the right athlete, at the right place and at the right time. This
is a huge win for fair and clean sport."
"Our Government is committed to eliminating doping in sport and ensuring
Canadians athletes compete on a safe and fair field of play," said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). "This increased contribution from the
Government of Canada and our partners will enhance the Canadian
anti-doping program by strengthening its testing and investigative
"Fairness, clean play and integrity need to become prerequisites in
international competition," said Marcel Aubut, President, Canadian Olympic Committee. "Competing against the world's
best in an equitable manner is what sport is all about. Today is a step
in the right direction."
Additional funding means the CCES can implement a more comprehensive
approach to anti-doping in Canada and focus on making sure all Olympic
and Paralympic athletes are tested during the four months prior to the
Sochi Olympic and Paralympic Games.
"Canada's commitment to clean Games is exemplary and the launch of this
hotline will provide an important boost toward anti-doping efforts,"
said Gaétan Tardif, President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. "We applaud this
initiative and the critically important work of the Canadian
The Report Doping hotline, a mechanism used by other national
anti-doping organizations, comes in direct response to public opinion
research commissioned by the CCES that indicates Canadians and athletes
want clean sport.
"It is critical to provide a safe and anonymous outlet for athletes to
come forward and share information and concerns," said Jasmine Northcott, Executive Director, AthletesCAN. "The announcement of a doping hotline
is good news and a positive step forward in providing athletes with a
mechanism to level the playing field."
"One of the most effective ways to obtain intelligence about doping is
to gather information from athletes themselves. We know that athletes
need to feel confident and comfortable sharing sensitive information.
That is why it was so important to be able to provide an anonymous
hotline so that we can increase and improve the dialogue with
athletes," added Melia.
About the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport:
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. The CCES
manages the Canadian Anti-doping Program with a focus on the Athlete
Whereabouts Program, Athlete Biological Passport Program, Therapeutic
Use Exemption Program and online and in face to face anti-doping
About the Canadian Olympic Committee:
The Canadian Olympic Committee leads the achievement of the Canadian
Olympic Team's podium success and advances Olympic values in Canada.
Independent and predominantly privately funded, the Canadian Olympic
Committee delivers resources that Canada's elite athletes need to
perform at their best and give their everything every day. The backbone
of Canada's Olympic movement, the Canadian Olympic Committee works with
National Sport Federations to prepare the Team for the Olympic, Youth
Olympic and Pan American Games. By sharing our athletes' stories, we
inspire all Canadians through the power of sport: 24 hours a day, 7
days a week, 365 days a year.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee:
The Canadian Paralympic Committee is a non-profit, private organization
with 25 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the
Paralympic Movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to
be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the
development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to
enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By
supporting Canadian high performance athletes with a disability and
promoting their success, the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all
Canadians with a disability to get involved in sport through programs
delivered by its member organizations. For more information, visit www.paralympic.ca
SOURCE: Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport
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