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Paralympic cyclist banned for 4 years for doping

On Wednesday, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) announced that para cyclist Tarek Dahab had been given a four-year suspension for violating anti-doping rules. Dahab’s urine sample from a competition on November 13, 2023, tested positive for testosterone, a banned anabolic substance.

“In response to the CCES’s notice of adverse analytical findings, the athlete did not appeal the finding and requested a hearing to determine whether the proposed sanction period should be eliminated or shortened,” the statement reads. “On February 12, 2024, Referee Patrice Brunet confirmed the violation and imposed a four-year sanction. Following the referee’s decision, Cycling Canada appealed the hearing decision. Referee Carol Roberts rejected the appeal and upheld the violation and the four-year sanction expiring on December 20, 2027.”
During the period of sanction, the athlete is prohibited from participating in any capacity in any sport governed by the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) or the World Anti-Doping Code, including training with teammates.

Tarek Dahab, a former police officer in Montreal, started parabiking in early 2023. Dahab suffered life-changing injuries in a car accident while cycling in 2017, requiring extensive surgeries on his neck and vertebrae.

In 2023, he competed at the world championships in Glasgow, Scotland. He narrowly missed the podium in the men’s one kilometre final, finishing fourth. He also competed in the individual pursuit, scratch race, omnium and team relay. He competed not only on the track, but also in the road race and time trial.