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22 January 2024

Haudenosaunee Nationals Lacrosse player Oakley Thomas accepts a 3-month period of ineligibility

THE INTERNATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (ITA) REPORTS THAT HAUDENOSAUNEE NATIONALS LACROSSE PLAYER OAKLEY THOMAS HAS ACCEPTED A 3-MONTH PERIOD OF INELIGIBILITY AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR PROHIBITED SUBSTANCES.

¹ The World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) defines “Substances of Abuse” as “substances that are identified as such because they are frequently abused in society outside of the context of sport. The following are designated Substances of Abuse: cocaine, diamorphine (heroin), methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA/”ecstasy”), tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).” The regime of “Substance of Abuse” was introduced on 1 January 2021 with the entry of the new Code. Prior to the 2021 Code, sanctions for such cases could go up to four years depending on the circumstances. The introduction of the “Substance of Abuse” regime addresses the concerns expressed by many stakeholders during the public consultation process for the new Code whereby it transpired that where the athlete’s positive case is rather related to a drug problem than to performance enhancement, the athlete’s health should be the priority.

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