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CCES – (Ottawa, Ontario – December 11, 2017) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that Francois Gagné, a powerlifting athlete, received a four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on August 20, 2017, revealed the presence of four prohibited anabolic agents: nandrolone, testosterone, drostanolone and oxandrolone.  

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Gagné accepted a voluntary provisional suspension on October 5, 2017. Because he did not engage further in the process, he was deemed to have waived his right to a hearing and a sanction of four years was imposed, concluding on October 4, 2021. The athlete, who resides in Laval, QC, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), including training with teammates.

In compliance with rule 7.10 of the CADP, a copy of the CCES’ file outcome summary can be found at

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.

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