Clean Sport Initiative

Clean Sport Initiative

May 15, 2009 07:00 ET

Accidental Doping in Sport is Real

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2009) - The Clean Sport Initiative is providing a forum to discuss accidental doping in sport at the Nepean Sportsplex in Ottawa, May 26, 2009. Athletes like Ottawa native Craig Savill will be joined by prominent members of the sports community in a panel discussion to speak plainly about the real dangers posed by accidental doping in Canadian sports.

Accidental doping has become a serious risk for every athlete competing at elite levels. As Liliana Begg of the Clean Sport Initiative says, "Honest, hard-working athletes who would never knowingly take a banned substance have ended up testing positive because they took a nutritional supplement that was accidentally contaminated. The fear of this happening to them stalks all athletes who have devoted their lives to their sport and their dreams of becoming world champions."

The Clean Sport Initiative panel will be moderated by Olympic Athlete and CTV News Anchor, Carolyn Waldo. Sports Nutritionist Bruce Bonner, who works closely with athletes on nutritional issues, will address the problem from a trainer's perspective and NSF International's Ed Wyszumiala, who oversees NSF's Certified For Sport™ program, and Craig Savill, Lead Curler on team Glen Howard, will add their perspectives on this controversial issue. It will provide an opportunity for athletes, trainers and the media to learn more about how accidental doping happens, how it affects athletes' lives and careers, and what can be done to help prevent it.

There are 198 substances on the banned substance list, and even trace amounts of them are enough to get an athlete suspended from competition. Banned substances can find their way into dietary supplements in a number of ways. For instance, in facilities where cold medications are manufactured, cross-contamination can easily occur.

The Clean Sport Initiative panel is brought to Ottawa by the Natural Food Pantry, a provider of health and wellness products, specializing in the sports nutrition category.

The Clean Sport Initiative is an organization dedicated to raising awareness, educating athletes and promoting solutions to the problem of accidental doping. The program launch will be followed by an opportunity to discuss issues informally over breakfast.

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