Ottawa, ON (January 27, 2020) – Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) is pleased with the decision issued today by the International Canoe Federation (ICF)’s Doping Control Panel in the matter involving Laurence Vincent Lapointe.
The ICF Doping Control Panel found that Ms. Vincent Lapointe bore no fault or negligence for the anti-doping rule violation that was asserted against her in August 2019, which means that she will not face any further consequences and allows her to immediately return to full-time training with the National Team.
“We are thrilled that Laurence was cleared of any wrong-doing and can return to training with the team in Florida,” said CKC Chief Executive Officer, Casey Wade. “This has been a very difficult period for Laurence, her partner Katie Vincent and the entire team of paddlers who have demonstrated such strength and tenacity over the last five months. We look forward to building our momentum as a team to podium success in Tokyo.”
Ms. Vincent Lapointe returned an adverse analytical finding for the prohibited substance ligandrol following an out-of-competition doping control that took place in late July 2019. She was provisionally suspended on August 13, 2019 and a formal hearing was held by the ICF Doping Control Panel in Lausanne, Switzerland on December 9, 2019. The ICF Doping Control Panel’s decision, which was publicly released today, was rendered on January 24, 2020.
“The entire team supports Laurence and her unwavering commitment to clean sport,” said CKC Chief Technical Officer, Graham Barton. “We are very happy to be welcoming her back to training as she will contribute greatly to our team success in Tokyo as women’s canoe makes its historical debut.”
A press conference will be held today in Montreal and Trois-Rivieres with Laurence and her lawyer, Adam Klevinas. A CKC representative will also be in attendance in Montreal.
PRESS BRIEFING DETAILS
Speaking engagement and press scrum (French and English).
- Laurence Vincent Lapointe, canoeist
- Adam Klevinas, (Sport Law and Strategy Group)
Date and time | Monday, January 27th, 2020 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Delta Hotel, 1620 rue Notre-Dame, Trois-Rivières (QC), G9A 6E5,
Mekinac room, 2nd floor.
Date and time | Monday, January 27th, 2020 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Ritz-Carlton, 1228 Sherbrooke Street Ouest, Montreal, QC H3G 1H6,
Carlton room, 3rd floor.
To confirm attendance:
M-A L’Allier Public Relations
Canoe Kayak Canada Media: