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Athletics Canada statement on Shawn Barber SDRCC decision

Updated at 1:42pm ET with statement from Shawn Barber

I want to thank the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada for the expedited work they did on my case and their professional handling of the case from start to finish. I am obviously satisfied with the result of the hearing where I was found to have Zero Fault. I am happy to have this behind me so that I can move on with my career with a free conscience. At no time during my actions, did I even fathom the possibility of being able to be contaminated with cocaine. This is a learning experience that I hope other athletes can learn from as I have. I want to thank my support staff and most of all my fans that have supported me through the years and I hope will continue to do so.
-Shawn Barber
 
Athletics Canada statement

First and foremost, Athletics Canada is pleased to see the system works, CCES and the anti-doping program are important pillars in ensuring clean and fair sport. The positive finding in this case was found to be of no fault of the athlete. We are thankful that the proper procedures recognized the presence of a prohibited substance, but also in ensuring due process to the athlete in coming to a fair and reasonable decision.

As per the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada ruling (full decision available at below link); “A review and consideration of the evidence presented by the parties in this matter lead the Panel to conclude that the Athlete has satisfied the burden of establishing, on a balance of probability, that he bears no fault or negligence in committing a violation…”.

This has been a learning experience for Shawn, he is a young athlete learning how to compete on the field of play, and prepare away from it. As per the ruling Shawn will forfeit his Canadian title and Championship record established on July 9 at the Canadian Track and Field Championships.

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