TORONTO (AP) - Canadian wheelchair racer Jeff Adams has been suspended from competition for two years after testing positive for cocaine.
The suspension was announced Tuesday by the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport.
The violation occurred during an in-competition test conducted at last year's Canadian wheelchair marathon championships in Ottawa.
Adams says the positive test was the result of a contaminated catheter. His lawyer, Tim Danson, said in a news release that the banned substance was not in Adams' system at the time of the race. He also said that cocaine is not prohibited out-of-competition and has no performance enhancing qualities.
Adams asked for a hearing before an independent arbitrator, who determined he had committed a doping violation.
The positive test means Adams, 36, is ineligible to receive federal sport funding for life.