Canadian sprinter Akinsulie suspended for anti-doping rule violation

Canadian sprinter Esther Akinsulie was suspended for six months on Wednesday due to an anti-doping rule violation.

Canadian sprinter Esther Akinsulie was suspended for six months on Wednesday due to an anti-doping rule violation.

A urine sample collected during out-of-competition doping control on Feb. 8 revealed the presence of the prohibited diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport said in a statement.

Akinsulie waived her right to a hearing, admitted the rule violation and accepted the sanction, the CCES said. The Toronto resident is ineligible to participate in any capacity with any sport signatory to the Canadian Anti-Doping Program and cannot train with teammates.

Akinsulie was eligible for a reduced sanction as she was able to establish how the substance entered her system and satisfied the CCES that her use of hydrochlorothiazide was not for performance-enhancing reasons, the CCES said.

The sanction will end Aug. 8.

The 29-year-old Winnipeg native has participated at several national track and field championships over her career. She also competed in the women's 4x400 relay at the world championships in 2011 but did not make the final.