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Lacrosse and Anti-Doping

The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) and all Member Associations (MAs) are committed to building drug-free sport and are unequivocally opposed, on ethical, medical, and legal grounds, to the practice of doping in sport.  The CLA and MAs fully support the position of Sport Canada and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) against the use of banned substances and methods. 

The CCES is the custodian of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP); the set of rules that govern anti-doping in Canada. The CADP consists of several components such as in- and out-of-competition testing, education, medical exemptions, and the consequences of doping violations. The CADP is compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code and all international standards.

The Canadian Lacrosse Association endorses and has adopted the CADP which means lacrosse is part of a world-class anti-doping program that is designed to protect athletes’ rights and ensure a level playing field.  The CLA's anti-doping policy reflects and supports the CADP in that no athlete, official, coach or volunteer shall take prohibited substances, nor should any team official or parent recommend or condone the use of prohibited substances. The CLA expects all members of the lacrosse community to abide by CADP to preserve the integrity of sport.

Any sanction by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) shall be enforced by the CLA.

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