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Acadia and Windsor football players test positive for PEDs

The Canadian Press
8/10/2010 2:24:40 PM
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Canadian Interuniversity Sport is teaming up with the CFL and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport in a blitz on steroids after two more of its players tested positive.

Taylor Shadgett, a third-year linebacker at Acadia University, tested positive for stanazolol and Christopher Deneau, a second-year linebacker the University of Windsor, had a positive result for methyl-1-testosterone.

Both were suspended for two years, the CIS said Tuesday. Another potential violation is being investigated.

The results came from about 50 unannounced tests of CIS football players taken across Canada in June following a spate of positive or suspicious results at the University of Waterloo, where nine players have either been suspended, are under investigation or have cases before the courts.

The new positive results suggest that the use of performance-enhancing drugs in CIS football is not restricted to Waterloo.

"Naturally, we're very disappointed in the results of the home visit tests, as they signal that doping in CIS football is not an isolated occurrence," CIS head Marg McGregor said in a statement. "We have significant work to do to address the problem in a systematic and comprehensive manner and to protect the integrity and positive values of university football."

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, which oversees testing and awareness programs, will launch a task force on the use of banned drugs in football. Its aim is to examine the problem and determine whether government action is needed.

"What's clear is that from the results of the Waterloo experience, there is a need to understand more," said Doug MacQuarrie, the centre's CEO.

The centre will also allocate more of its CIS testing to football, focusing on "the more at-risk periods during the off-season."

In the 2009-10 season, 211 tests were taken in all sports including 89 on football players, none of them from Waterloo.

CFL director of football operations Kevin McDonald said the league will identify 80 top draft prospects each year and provide funding for them to undergo more extensive testing. It will also start an anti-doping education program aimed at minor football and CIS players.

The CFL will perform urine and blood testing on its players for the first time next year under a new four-year collective bargaining agreement signed with the players association in June.

The CIS will hold an anti-doping symposium on Nov. 26 during Vanier Cup week at Laval University aimed at coaches, trainers and athletic directors.

Drug testing among CIS football players had come under criticism for having loopholes, including a lack of random, out-of-season testing.

The issue blew up when Waterloo Warriors receiver Nathan Zettler was charged by police with possession with intent to traffic steroids and human growth hormone.

That moved the university to order all 62 of its players to undergo urine tests. Another 20 blood tests were taken for endurance-enhancers like EPO and blood doping.

From those tests, nine produced what the centre for ethics calls "adverse analytical findings."

Four players -- all linebackers -- admitted to steroid use. Matt Peto got a one-year suspension while Eric Polini, Jordan Meredith and Joe Surgenor were handed two-year bans.

One player refused his test, which is a violation, while three more are under investigation.

The university suspended its football program for one year and put its two full-time coaches on paid leave.

During the latest round of testing, Shadgett admitted to using the steroid Winstrol. He was suspended after exercising his right to a hearing.

Athletic director Brian Heaney said in a statement that Acadia supports the testing program and "is committed to the objectives of all sports organizations to achieve doping-free sport."

He announced that Acadia will step up anti-doping education programs and stiffen penalties so that any athlete who is suspended for a doping violation will face a "permanent expulsion" from varsity sports, including the loss of any financial rewards.

Windsor athletic director Gord Grace said in a statement that: "We have a zero-tolerance policy and are fully supportive of the Canadian anti-doping program."

Shadgett, from Orillia, Ont,., and Deneau, from Amherstburg, Ont., were the first athletes from their respective universities to be suspended for doping.

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