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2-Year Ban for Former National Canoeist Suzanne Seah


21 Feb 2017

2-Year Ban for Former National Canoeist Suzanne Seah


The National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Committee (NADC) had on 3 November 2016, banned former national canoeist Suzanne Seah from participating in all sport for a period of four years for refusing to provide a sample at an out-of-competition test at her home on 28 August 2016.

 

Seah officially retired from sport on 27 September 2016. At the time of the violation, Seah was still registered as a carded athlete with Sport Singapore and was an athlete in Anti-Doping Singapore's (ADS's) Registered Testing Pool.

 

Athletes who are subjected to the ADS Anti-Doping Rules are required to provide their sample upon notification of a doping control test. Evading sample collection, or refusing, or failing to submit to sample collection without a compelling justification constitutes a doping violation.

 

With this ban, Seah is not allowed to participate in any form of training or competition at any competitive level in canoeing, or any other sport - either as a competitor or in any support role; whether paid or not, for the stipulated period of the ban. The ban also extends to administrative activities, such as serving as an official, coach, team manager, director, employee, volunteer, etc of any NSA or event organisation.

 

Under the ADS Anti-Doping Rules, the Singapore Canoeing Federation is required to enforce the sanctions immediately. Seah's four-year ban began on 28 August 2016.

 

Seah subsequently filed an appeal to the National Anti-Doping Appeals Committee (NAAC), to reduce the period of her ban and to also allow her to continue contributing to her sport in other capacities. At the hearing on 3 January 2017, the NAAC reduced her four-year ban to two years and allowed her to continue assisting athletes with disabilities and young athletes in her sport during the period of her ban. The NAAC ruled to reduce her ban on account that she had no intention to cheat, as (i) she sincerely thought she had retired from sport after giving her federation verbal notice of retirement in July 2016; (ii) she had been subject to numerous tests before and had no problems; and (iii) she had continued to submit her whereabouts information.