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ISN – (Ottawa, Ontario  – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Evan Thomas, a rugby player with the British Columbia Bears, received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control in Calgary, Alberta, on August 9, 2014, revealed the presence of cocaine.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Thomas waived his right to a hearing and accepted a sanction of two years ineligibility from sport, terminating August 9, 2016. The athlete, who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates.

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. 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.