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Canoe Kayak Canada – Ottawa, ON (August 19, 2019) – It is with great sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has to announce that Laurence Vincent Lapointe has returned an adverse analytical finding following an out-of-competition doping control that took place in late July. Ms. Vincent Lapointe and CKC were informed of this finding on August 13, 2019.

The substance that was found in Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s sample has been the subject of recent established contaminated supplement cases and the preliminary information, available at this time, supports that Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s adverse analytical finding may have been caused by inadvertent and unknowing use of a prohibited substance from such a source.

“CKC fully supports Laurence in this extremely difficult and unfortunate situation and we will do everything we can to help her prove her innocence,” said Canoe Kayak Canada CEO, Casey Wade. “CKC firmly believes in clean sport, but we also have strong reason to believe that Laurence has taken all of the necessary precautions from an antidoping perspective and that she has not knowingly or intentionally taken a prohibited substance. We will continue to assist Laurence in determining how this unfortunate situation could have occurred.”

In accordance with the International Canoe Federation’s Anti-Doping Rules, Ms. Vincent Lapointe has been provisionally suspended pending the final outcome of her case. Consequently, she will not be racing at the upcoming ICF World Championships. 

“I am shocked and completely devastated by this situation because I have done absolutely nothing wrong and I have nothing to hide. I am a person of integrity and any form of cheating disgusts me. I believe in clean sport and it is what I apply as a principle in my life as an athlete. I would never put my name, my reputation, or my career at risk to improve my performances and widen the gap with my opponents,” said Laurence Vincent Lapointe. “This feels like a nightmare; I still cannot believe what has happened. Since learning of my positive test just a few days ago, I have done everything possible, with the support of CKC and within a short period of time, to determine the source of the prohibited substance that was found in my sample so that I can prove that I am innocent and that I am an honest and clean athlete.”

Canoe Kayak Canada will not make any further comment regarding this case pending the final outcome of the matter. 

Laurence Vincent Lapointe will speak with the media on Tuesday. CKC will communicate details of the press conference to be held in Montreal and Trois-Rivières very shortly. 

 

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Contact Information: Colleen Coderre

Canoe Kayak Canada

Communications Lead  1.613.530.6217 ccoderre@canoekayak.ca 

Marie-Anik L’Allier

M-A L’Allier Public Relations – Laurence Vincent-Lapointe

1.514.983.8236 ma@malallier.com

Laurence Vallerand

M-A L’Allier Public Relations

1.514.966.2972 laurence@malallier.com

 

About Canoe Kayak Canada

 

Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada, one of Canada’s top performing summer sports with a total of 24 Olympic medals, and a leader in the Paralympic movement. Canoe Kayak Canada is a memberbased organization that includes an intricate network of clubs as well as provincial, territorial and divisional paddling associations. Elite National Team athletes proudly represent Canada at various competitions around the globe – most notably the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Pan American Games, ICF World Cups as well as Junior, Under 23 and Senior World Championships. Follow Canoe Kayak Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.