Lewis Ratcliff has responded to the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport announcement of his two-year sanction for failing a drug test taken at the Mann Cup last summer in an exclusive interview with IL Indoor. Following is the text of a statement that Ratcliff provided.
“On Wednesday the CCES released my name in association with banned substance testing that it conducted in Canada in 2012.
I accept full responsibility for the results of the test and I sincerely apologize for any disappointment this may have caused.
As a professional athlete I make every effort to avoid prescription and over-the-counter medications that could put me at risk. However, last fall I had a shoulder injury which will result in surgery following the current NLL season. Due to this injury, last fall I followed my doctor’s orders regarding prescriptions for the pain medicine in order to get me through the playoffs and Mann Cup.
Regarding the performance enhancing substances, I never knowingly or intentionally took any banned substances. Like many professional athletes, I am very health conscious, and regularly include nutritional supplements as a part my daily routine and diet. I buy these at the local nutrition and supplement stores in my neighborhood.
Unlike the major sports, where knowledge resources are easily available to identify substances that appear on banned lists, in lacrosse we are left to our own resources to stay up to date regarding these substances. I tested positive due to something I took in a common over the counter supplement.
I believe that athletic performance and success should be measured by how hard an athlete works on the field and am adamantly opposed to taking any type of performance enhancing substances. For me, sport is about pure competition, not about using an artificial substance to get ahead.
I try to live my life as a role model and hope that this can somehow become a learning experience for both me and others to pay closer attention to the food that we eat and the medications that we take in our daily lives.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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