Canadian Skater Suspended for Failed Cannabis Test

Canadian short track speedskater Maxime Fortin has received a two-month ban after testing positive for cannabis, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport announced Thursday.

Fortin, a 21-year-old from Rivière-du-Loup, Que., failed an in-competition urine test on March 19, during the Canadian championships.

CCES said Fortin acknowledged the anti-doping violation and accepted its proposal of a two-month ban that ends on May 25.

During the suspension, which falls during speedskating’s off-season, Fortin is not allowed to train with teammates.

Fortin, a former Canadian junior champion, has competed internationally since 2007.

“Speed Skating Canada is strongly opposed to the use of any banned substances by our athletes,” Speed Skating Canada CEO John-Paul Cody-Cox told in an email. “We are fully supportive of the work of CCES and are taking the issue seriously.”

– Article Originally from The National Post.