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Vernon para snowboarder banned from competing after failed drug test

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June 03, 2020 - 10:33 AM

A Vernon para snowboarder has been barred from competing for four years after failing a drug test.

Para snowboarder Matt Hamilton was found to have a prohibited hormone and metabolic modulator in his urine following a sample taken in January.

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport announced Hamilton's suspension June 1. The suspension prohibits Hamilton from competing as well as training with teammates.

According to a decision from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the Vernon athlete did not dispute the findings and as a result, is "deemed to have admitted that he committed the asserted violation, waived his right to a hearing and accepted the proposed consequences."

The 38-year-old's sample contained endurobol, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2009.

Hamilton ranked 23rd in the world in men's snowcross cross, for athletes with an impairment in one or both legs. He also received a $10,000 grant from Petro-Canada in 2019.

In a statement to the National Post, Snowboard Canada said Hamilton has decided to retire from the sport and blamed the positive test on a contaminated supplement.

With files from the Canadian Press.

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