The US Senate passed a bill that would allow US justice to prosecute those involved in doping plots in international events involving US athletes, sponsors and broadcasters. The so-called Rudchenko Anti-Doping Law, which was previously passed by the House of Representatives, is now awaiting signature by the President.
The law is named after the former director of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Grigory Rodchenko, who helped expose Russian doping fraud at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and other major events. He now lives in hiding in the United States.
US anti-doping law is not directed against athletes caught cheating and may not only apply to events held in the United States. According to him, people who organize doping programs face up to ten years in prison and a fine of one million dollars (22 million crowns).
While US anti-doping agency chief Travis Tegart described the passage of the law as “a wonderful day of struggle for pure sport,” the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has long protested the law. According to her, the global fight against doping is destabilizing and discouraging informants.
“The Rodchenko law could lead to overlapping laws in different jurisdictions, undermining efforts to establish uniform rules for all athletes in the world. This consensus is the basis of the world’s anti-doping program,” the World Anti-Doping Agency told Reuters.
At the same time, the agency commented that the law in the original proposal also applies to professional and collegiate sports of America, but not in the final version. “If the law isn’t good enough for American sport, then why is it acceptable to the rest of the world?” WADA Books.
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