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On Tuesday, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport launched a new report-doping hotline.

“Today’s news will allow us to increase our focus on intelligence gathering and investigations to stay ahead of sophisticated doping strategies, as well as expand the whereabouts and athlete biological passport programs,” said Paul Melia, CEO and President of the CCES. “With increased intelligence we can test the right athlete, at the right place and at the right time. This is a huge win for fair and clean sport.”

“It is critical to provide a safe and anonymous outlet for athletes to come forward and share information and concerns,” said Jasmine Northcott, executive director of AthletesCAN. “The announcement of a doping hotline is good news and a positive step forward in providing athletes with a mechanism to level the playing field.”

CCES’s announcement was matched by one from the Government of Canada, which said that it would provide $400,000 of additional funding to CCES for its Canadian Anti-Doping Program. The amount is a one-time incremental contribution for 2013-14.

Other organizations are pitching in, too.  The Canadian Olympic Committee is contributing $400,000, which will come over three years. The Canadian Paralympic Committee is adding a one-time contribution of $10,000.

“I am pleased to stand with our partners, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Canadian Paralympic Committee, in the fight against doping in sport,” said Minister of State (Sport) Bal Gosal. “This co-operation reflects our government’s continued commitment to ensure that Canadian sport is practised in an ethical and dope-free environment.”

On the CCES website, the following instructions are provided:

To report doping activity, call the hotline at 1-800-710-CCES or fill in the form below.

The information you provide will be used by CCES to support our anti-doping activities and will be managed pursuant to the World Anti Doping Agency’s International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information.

If you would like to be contacted, please provide your name and email address and/or telephone number.

When reporting doping activity, please provide as much information as possible: the more detail, the better. It is important to specify if you witnessed the activity yourself, or heard about it from someone else.

Helpful information includes:

  • the names of people involved;

  • the nature of the doping activity;

  • the drugs or substances involved or methods used; and

  • dates, times, and locations.

 Canadian Cycling Magazine called the doping hotline Tuesday morning and heard the following recording: “Thank you for calling the CCES anonymous report-doping hotline. Currently all our lines are occupied. Please call back to reach a member of our staff.” The message repeated in French.

On Jan. 16, 2013, the UCI announced its own anti-doping hotline. CCES’s announcement comes less than a week after Ryder Hesjedal admitted to doping more than 10 years ago.

This article was originally posted on Canadian Cycling Magazine.

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