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Wrestling Canada Lutte Supports Recent Athlete Sanction

June 15, 2015

Ottawa – Wrestler Khetag Pliev of Toronto, ON has waived his right to a hearing and has accepted a four-year sanction by the CCES, for an anti-doping rule violation.

The samples were collected out of competition on March 18, 2015 in Toronto, ON and in competition on March 21, 2015 in St. Catharines, ON and indicated the presence of Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, classified as a prohibited substance on the 2015 World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

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Wrestling Canada Lutte President Don Ryan, on behalf of the entire association, supported the sanction and reiterated Wrestling Canada Lutte’s strong stance on clean sport and clean performances.

“In our view, there are no shortcuts to victory, cheating, will not be tolerated, and we take very seriously any infraction to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program,” said Ryan. “We support the CCES in its activities. We will continue to be diligent in educating our athletes competing for Canada as our athletes are well aware that knowing the rules is ultimately their responsibility.”

As part of the sanctions, Pliev will not be able to participate in any recognized competition or activity for the next four years including the upcoming Pan Am Games for which he was eligible based on his win at the Canadian Championships in March, a result which will now be removed and nullified. Wrestler Arjun Gill will represent Canada at the Pan Am Games in the 97 KG weight-class.