CPU to adopt Canadian Anti-Doping Code In Full

Hello to all Members of the CPU,

As Chairman of the CPU Anti-Doping Committee, I have been asked by the CPU President to make a very important announcement regarding the CPU Anti-Doping Programs, and I am very proud and honoured to do so.

Recently the CPU Executive made a very significant decision regarding Anti-Doping. The Executive have voted in favour of fully adopting the Canadian Anti-Doping Code (CADP) and the CPU now have an Agreement in place with CCES for the full adoption and implementation. In doing so, the Executive have made a very clear and strong stand to protect the rights of clean athletes.

As many may know, for a number of years the CPU has been following the guidelines of the CADP in concert with IPF Anti-Doping Rules. The full adoption of the CADP now means that all areas of the CADP will be fully implemented directly by CCES.

Important to note, is that full adoption is usually done by government-funded sport organizations in Canada. The CPU will be one of only a handful of non-government funded organizations to adopt the Code, and is apparently the largest of that small group. As a result, the CPU's anti-doping program will be even more meaningful and effective.

Both the CPU and CCES believe that implementing a robust anti-doping program is the best response to the doping problem. By adopting the CADP, the CPU testing Programs will continue to be World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code-compliant and meet all International Standards for Testing, but will also now take into account detection and deterrence, prevention, as well as health and education dimensions.

The CPU's Program will now incorporate the following six elements: 1) Jurisdiction and Application; 2) Athlete Services and Education; 3) Testing; 4) Science; 5) Results Management and; 6) Intelligence and Investigations. More on details of these elements will be provided from CCES in coming weeks.

The CPU has a long history of anti-doping going back to the late 80's when CPU referee/officials collected samples using our own forms and equipment, and were sending them to CCDS as it was known then. The shift to having sample collections done by CCES Doping Control Officers 5-6 years ago was a very big step. And now the development of the Anti-Doping Program has reached the ultimate goal. The CPU has come a very long way to get to this point, and all CPU members can be very proud of this decision by the Executive.

Having been personally involved with anti-doping from its beginning in the CPU, I want to thank Mark Giffin and the CPU Executive for their commitment and vision for the future. More information will be coming from CCES.

Best Regards,

Chris Robb, Chair

CPU Anti-Doping Committee