The Court of Arbitration for Sport, in a unanimous decision, has cleared Canadian Paralympian Jeff Adams of a doping infraction for cocaine.
Adams has maintained an unknown woman in a Toronto bar shoved cocaine into his face a week before the 2006 Canadian championship in Ottawa. The catheter he was using to urinate became contaminated with cocaine residue. When he had to submit to an anti-doping test, officials of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport didn’t supply a sterile new catheter. He was suspended for the past two years, his $18,000 annual government funding was cut off, and his work as a motivational speaker dried up, he said.
Adams and his lawyer, Tim Danson, took the strategy of fighting the case as a human-rights issue, alleging the CCES wasn’t offering the same level of security to athletes with disabilities as it does able-bodied athletes.