CIAU gets rocked by drug scandal
By Ian Ross
The Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union announced Monday that three athletes playing varsity football will be suspended for doping infractions in accordance with league regulations.
Shawn Dyson of the Waterloo Warriors, Constantin Shousha of the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Matthew Demers of the Saint Mary's Huskies will be forced to sit out a period of no less than four years virtually ending any chances of playing at the university level of competition again.
"The league is not taking this situation lightly," said Kerry Moynihan, Chief Executive Officer for the CIAU. "Our message is clear: if you are going to take drugs, you are going to get caught and be punished accordingly."
Tested between Sept. 11-25, the three guilty players participated in an unannounced doping control session and had two urine samples taken at that time. The urine "A" samples were analyzed at the Institut National de Recherche Scientifique in Montreal where they came up positive on Oct. 3.
Demers and Shousha tested positive for stanozolol, while Dyson was found to have nandrolone in his bloodstream both drugs are extremely dangerous and harmful anabolic steroids.
"The players were informed on Friday as to the situation and given five working days to respond," said Diane St. Denis, director of events and programs for the CIAU. "All three of the players informed the league [Monday] they would waive their right to having their "B" or second sample tested."
Although all three athletes have waived their right to the testing of the "B" sample, they still hold the right to appeal within 10 days in accordance with league's operating procedures.
The suspensions fall under an altered league policy that was amended in April to penalize only the infracting player and no longer the team for the actions of an individual removing any chance of an overturned Waterloo victory for their latest 20-13 game against Western homecoming weekend. Under last year's regulations, the team playing a guilty athlete would be forced to forfeit all games in which that individual touched the field. Mount Allison University was forced to forfeit a game under this policy last season after team member Beniot Goyette was caught under the same circumstances.
"This is extremely embarrassing for our football program," Waterloo head coach Dave Knight said. "We do our best to inform our athletes on the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol and we felt we were doing a good job at it."
Luc Gelineau, athletic director from the University of Ottawa feels the league is handicapped by social changes and feels that the deterrents are not enough to stop the problem.
"Perhaps it is time for the CIAU to get into the feeder system at the high-school level and start educating at that level instead of taking the risk that the students have already developed bad habits."
There have been over 2,246 tests conducted on CIAU athletes since the beginning of the CIAU program in 1990 20 of them have returned positive.