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Laurier Cooperates with CCES on Drug Testing
WATERLOO - The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) conducted unannounced drug tests on 65 Wilfrid Laurier University varsity football players earlier today.

Laurier cooperated fully with the CCES on the tests, which consisted of both urine and blood samples. The tests were conducted as part of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program in partnership with the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

"Laurier welcomes today's testing of our student-athletes," said PETER BAXTER, Laurier’s director of athletics and recreation. "As a CIS-member institution partnering with the CCES, we believe the testing program serves as a deterrent to help rid sport of performance-enhancing drugs and drug use in general. These unannounced tests send a clear message to all CIS athletes that individual athletes and teams can be tested anywhere and at any time as part of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program."

Laurier takes a firm stance against the use of performance-enhancing drugs in university sports. The university regularly offers proactive education to its athletes to reinforce Laurier's anti-drug message. One such session, which was scheduled prior to today's unannounced drug testing, is set to run Sunday, Jan. 16. The seminar is mandatory for all Laurier student-athletes and coaches. Guest speakers include Don Hooton Jr. from the Taylor Hooton Foundation, and Detective Constable Rich Holland from the Waterloo Regional Police, a former Laurier coach and Ontario University Athletics (OUA) football player.

Laurier will continue to work closely with CCES and CIS as part of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program.

Contact:    
PETER BAXTER, Director, Athletics & Recreation
519-500-7778 or pbaxter@wlu.ca
or     
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
519-573-1084 or kcrowley@wlu.ca


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