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Canadian wheelchair racer suspended five years for doping

International Paralympic Committee
International Paralympic Committee
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According to Stephanie Myles of Yahoo! Sports on Monday, Canadian wheelchair racer Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Quebec has tested positive for Erythropoietin and has been suspended five years by the International Paralympic Committee.

The reason for the severe suspension is because this was his second violation of his career. He previously tested positive for the drug hydrochlorothiazide in 2011. The suspension is apparently retroactive to August 16, 2013.

This means that Compaore would be ineligible to represent Canada at the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Due to the suspension, Compaore loses his bronze medal in the 10,000m from the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. Canada will still win a bronze medal because Josh Cassidy will be upgraded from fourth to third.

Cassidy previously won the men's wheelchair event at the 2010 London Marathon and the 2012 Boston Marathon.