CKC STATEMENT: Laurence Vincent Lapointe

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Ottawa, ON (August 19, 2019) – It is with great sadness that Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC) has to announce that Laurence Vincent Lapointe has returned an adverse analytical finding following an out-of-competition doping control that took place in late July. Ms. Vincent Lapointe and CKC were informed of this finding on August 13, 2019.

The substance that was found in Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s sample has been the subject of recent established contaminated supplement cases and the preliminary information, available at this time, supports that Ms. Vincent Lapointe’s adverse analytical finding may have been caused by inadvertent and unknowing use of a prohibited substance from such a source.

“CKC fully supports Laurence in this extremely difficult and unfortunate situation and we will do everything we can to help her prove her innocence,” said Canoe Kayak Canada CEO, Casey Wade. “CKC firmly believes in clean sport, but we also have strong reason to believe that Laurence has taken all of the necessary precautions from an anti-doping perspective and that she has not knowingly or intentionally taken a prohibited substance. We will continue to assist Laurence in determining how this unfortunate situation could have occurred.”

In accordance with the International Canoe Federation’s Anti-Doping Rules, Ms. Vincent Lapointe has been provisionally suspended pending the final outcome of her case. Consequently, she will not be racing at the upcoming ICF World Championships.

“I am shocked and completely devastated by this situation because I have done absolutely nothing wrong and I have nothing to hide. I am a person of integrity and any form of cheating disgusts me. I believe in clean sport and it is what I apply as a principle in my life as an athlete. I would never put my name, my reputation, or my career at risk to improve my performances and widen the gap with my opponents,” said Laurence Vincent Lapointe. “This feels like a nightmare; I still cannot believe what has happened. Since learning of my positive test just a few days ago, I have done everything possible, with the support of CKC and within a short period of time, to determine the source of the prohibited substance that was found in my sample so that I can prove that I am innocent and that I am an honest and clean athlete.”

Canoe Kayak Canada will not make any further comment regarding this case pending the final outcome of the matter.

Laurence Vincent Lapointe will speak with the media on Tuesday in Montreal and Trois-Rivières, QC. Details below.


Date | Tuesday August 20, 2019

Time | 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Location | Sheraton Hotel, 1201 René Lévesque ouest, Montréal (QC), H3B 2L7.

Salon 5, located on level 2.

Format | Speech and scrums (French and English).

Who | Laurence Vincent Lapointe, canoeist and Adam Klevinas, sport lawyer and Canoe Kayak Canada representative.



Date | Tuesday August 20 2019

Time | 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Location | Delta Hotel, 1620 rue Notre-Dame, Trois-Rivières (QC), G9A 6E5.

Mékinac room, 2nd floor.

Format | Speech and scrums (French and English).

Who | Laurence Vincent Lapointe, canoeist and Adam Klevinas, sport lawyer and Canoe Kayak Canada representative.


Note that this will be Laurence Vincent Lapointe’s only media availability, pending the International Canoe Federation’s final decision.

To confirm your presence:

Laurence Vallerand




Marie-Anik L’Allier





Contact Information:

Colleen Coderre

Canoe Kayak Canada

Communications Lead



Marie-Anik L’Allier

M-A L’Allier Public Relations – Laurence Vincent-Lapointe



Laurence Vallerand

M-A L’Allier Public Relations



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