UFV wrestler Jason Bains receives four-year suspension for using banned substance

Surrey native tests positive for oral steroid Turinabol, silver national medal removed for violation

Surrey resident Jason Bains has received a four-year ban from wrestling competition after testing positive for a banned substance. (UFV Cascades photo)

Surrey resident Jason Bains has received a four-year ban from wrestling competition after testing positive for a banned substance. (UFV Cascades photo)

University of the Fraser Valley Cascades wrestler Jason Bains has received a four-year suspension and had his national silver medal removed for an anti-doping rule violation.

The Surrey native’s urine sample, collected during the U Sports Wrestling Championships on Feb. 21, revealed that he tested positive for an oral steroid known as Turinabol (Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone).

Bains opened the two-day tournament in St. Catharines, Ont. going a perfect 3-0 on day one, but then lost in the men’s 100 kilograms final to earn the silver medal.

RELATED: VIDEO: UFV’s Espinosa, Bains earn gold at Cascades Classic

In the Sports Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) hearing between Bains and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports (CCES), he stated that he was made aware of the positive result on March 9. He then admitted to the violation in a timely fashion to determine the length of his suspension, but did not sign a proper “timely admission form”.

A hearing held by teleconference was conducted on Aug. 24 and 28 and Bains denied intentionally ingesting the substance and denied any significant fault or negligence. He asked that the four-year suspension be reduced.

Bains testified that the source of the banned substance was his brother Gurpreet, a weightlifter who lives at their Surrey home with five other family members. Bains stated that his brother was using Turinabol and went into the cupboard and used some of Bains’ protein powder to mix in his Turinabol.

Gurpreet testified that he got the drug from someone at his gym, and that he knew it was a prohibited substance. Gurpreet claimed that he and his brother used the same type of protein powder and ran out. He did not want to buy more and proceeded to mix the drug into his brother’s protein and did not tell him. He said he was well aware that his brother was an athlete and was subject to testing.

Bains alleged that he had only unknowingly ingested the Turinabol two or three days before the test was administered, but a doping expert concluded that the last usage of the substance would have been several weeks before the Feb. 21 test.

Bains admitted that he should have kept his supplements in his room and not close to his brother’s, calling it a “dumb mistake.” He denied any intent and asked for a reduced period of suspension.

The CCES stated that Bains’ and his brother’s evidence was not credible, and he disregarded the risks about doping and said that Bains should have anticipated issues arising if he suspected his brother was using banned substances. The CCES also said that they believe Bains was not being honest on the timing of his taking of the drug, which could mean he was taking it for a longer period of time or that the protein powder was not the true source.

Arbitrator Jonathan Fidler determined that Bains failed to establish a lack of intention and upheld the four-year suspension starting on April 3, 2020.

“Under the circumstances I find that there was a significant risk that the athlete manifestly disregarded,” he said. “As such, the athlete has failed to satisfy the second branch of the test for him to be successful in proving that his actions were not intentional.”

The entire hearing can be found by clicking in this sentence.

Steve Tuckwood, UFV’s director of athletics and campus recreation said it’s an unfortunate turn of events but that they respect the decision.

“We’re disappointed but we understand the CCES has a role and we respect the decision it has come up with,” he said. “It’s always disappointing when one of our student athletes test positive for a banned substance, but again we abide by the ruling and respect the work that has been done with this case.”

Tuckwood added that UFV has an extensive education program for all its student athletes, which includes a student handbook that contains information related to anti-doping and the types of testing that athletes must go through. He also said that every year at the school’s student athlete orientation information related to CCES, anti-doping and U Sports policies is discussed. In 2019 the school brought in a representative to speak more about testing, how to remain clean, decisions on what supplements to take and more.

He also mentioned that every U Sports athlete has to complete an online seminar and answer questions at the end of it before they can compete. That seminar is done prior to every year.

“We have almost 200 athletes and it’s obviously disappointing when you learn that one of them has tested positive but I think we do our best to educate and that is our focus,” he said.

abbotsfordSurreyUFV CascadesWrestling

Just Posted

LETTER: Writer questions spread of variant and timing of vaccinations

Will there ever be a return to normal, or will people need to invest in respirators?

A family of geese wandered through the beach area of Whonnock Lake recently. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)
VIDEO: Whonnock Lake visitors marvel at cute goslings

Defecating fowl can also bring with them potential issues for Maple Ridge park

Edward Wang shared this picture of an alpaca amid a field of hay in Pitt Meadows, seeking a little shade under the summer-like skies. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Grazing in the field

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

Sandie Bannie is opposed to Pitt Meadows council move to put an RCMP detachment in a park. (Special to The News)
LETTER: Pitt Meadows resident opposed to costly RCMP detachment for small population

Letter writer urges residents to voice opposition before June 28 deadline

Dylan Ross, a Maple Ridge resident for 25 years, is like so many other local residents. He gravitates to the local trails and waterways for a little relaxation. He shared a few pictures along the local dikes near Sharpe Road during a recent kayaking adventure. (Special to The News)
SHARE: Regular relaxation retreat

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Black Press Media files)
Burnaby RCMP look for witnesses in hit-and-run that left motorcyclist dead

Investigators believe that the suspect vehicle rear-ended the motorcycle before fleeing the scene

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

A police pursuit involving Abbotsford Police ended in Langley Saturday night, June 20. (Black Press Media file)
Abbotsford Police pursuit ends in Langley with guns drawn

One person arrested, witnesses say an officer may have been hurt in collision with suspect vehicle

Most Read