Wheelchair Rugby Athlete Sanctioned For Anti-Doping Rule Violation

(Ottawa, ON – April 2, 2015) – The Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA) announced today that Travis Murao, a wheelchair rugby athlete, has received a six-month sanction for an anti-doping rule violation. The athlete’s urine sample, collected during in-competition doping control at the Japan Para Championships on Oct 11, 2014, revealed the presence of fentanyl, a substance prohibited in competition.

Upon being notified of the adverse analytical finding, Mr. Murao signed a Voluntary Provisional Suspension and ceased competing until the review process was completed.  At the conclusion of the review, Mr. Murao acknowledged the doping violation and accepted a six-month sanction ending April 11, 2015. The reduced sanction was granted because the athlete was able to establish that he did not intend to use the specified substance for performance-enhancing reasons and provided suitable corroborating evidence in accordance with IWRF Rule 10.4.

Mr. Murao is not eligible to participate in any capacity in any sport activity sanctioned by the IWRF, CWSA or other national sport governing body until the suspension has been served.

CWSA is committed to drug-free sport and to the principles of True Sport.

For more information, please contact:

Cathy Cadieux
CEO
Email: ccadieux@cwsa.ca
Phone: 613-523-0004

Andy Van Neutegem
High Performance Director
Email: andy@cwsa.ca
Phone: 250-213-8930