Athletics Athlete Suspended for the Presence of a Diuretic


Louis Daignault (ISN)

June 26, 2013, Ontario (ISN) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that athletics athlete Esther Akinsulie has received a six-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation.

The athlete’s urine sample, collected during out-of-competition doping control on February 8, 2013, revealed the presence of hydrochlorothiazide, a prohibited diuretic.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Ms. Akinsulie waived her right to a hearing, promptly admitted the anti-doping rule violation, and accepted a six-month sanction ending August 8, 2013. The athlete was eligible for a reduced sanction as she was able to establish how the substance entered her system and satisfied the CCES that her use of hydrochlorothiazide was not for performance enhancing reasons. The athlete, who resides in Toronto, Ontario, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates.

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.