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CCES – (Ottawa, Ontario – June 15, 2017) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced today that, Bianca Liberatore, a powerlifting athlete, received a two-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control on February 18, 2017, revealed the presence of heptaminol, a prohibited stimulant.  

Heptaminol is classified as a “specified substance” on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List, banned in-competition. Under the rules of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP), an athlete facing a first violation involving a specified substance can seek a sanction reduction from two years of ineligibility down to a reprimand. Based on factors assessed, including the athlete’s degree of fault, the CCES proposed a sanction of two years of ineligibility.

In response to the CCES’ notification of the adverse analytical finding, Ms. Liberatore admitted the violation in a timely fashion (in accordance with CADP Rule 10.11.2), waived her right to a hearing and accepted a sanction of two years ineligibility from sport, terminating on February 18, 2019. The athlete, who resides in Kamloops, British Columbia, is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the 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 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.


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