The US Senate has approved a bill allowing US justice officials to prosecute doping violations at international events involving American athletes, sponsors, and broadcasters.
The Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Law, previously unanimously approved by the House of Representatives, was passed without objection by the Senate and will now be sent to the President for signature.
“This act provides the tools necessary to protect clean athletes and to prosecute international doping conspirators who cheat sports, sponsors and harm athletes,” said US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) chief Travis Tygart.
“This act criminalizes systems that carry out fraudulent doping schemes that rob athletes, citizens and businesses,” he said. “It also protects whistleblowers from retaliation and provides redress for athletes who are tricked by doping conspiracies.”
“This is a very important day in the fight for ‘clean’ sports around the world, and we look forward to when this act becomes law and will help change the rules of the game in the interests of ‘clean’ athletes forever,” summed up Tygart.
Rodchenkov’s law is named after Grigory Rodchenkov, who helped identify the state-backed doping system in Russia.